Oil dedicated to St Perpetua and St Felicity on prayer cloth
The oil dedicated to St Perpetua and St Felicity on prayer cloth is in honour of the two martyrs who are now the patron saints for mothers and expectant mothers. The two women comforted and encouraged each other at their martyrdom.
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person is invited to apply oil on the part of their body they want healed. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.