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St Brigid Healing Oil (Patron of cattle, new babies and nuns)

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St Brigid healing oil

St Brigid healing oil is dedicated to one of Ireland’s patron saints. She was an early Irish Christian nun and abbess. She was the foundress of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare  in Ireland, which was famous and was revered. Her feast day is 1 February, which was originally a pagan festival marking the beginning of spring.

According to tradition, around 480, Brigid founded a monastery at Kildare (Cill Dara, “church of the oak”), on the site of an older pagan shrine.  The site was under a large oak tree on the ridge of Drum Criadh.  Also, Brigid, with an initial group of seven companions, is credited with organizing communal consecrated religious life for women in Ireland.

She founded two monastic institutions, one for men, and the other for women. In addition, she invited Conleth (Conláed), a hermit from Old Connell near Newbridge, to help her in Kildare as spiritual pastor of them. It has often been said that she gave canonical jurisdiction to Conleth, Bishop of Kildare.  Also, Archbishop Healy says that she simply “selected the person to whom the Church gave this jurisdiction”. Her biographer tells us distinctly that she chose Saint Conleth “to govern the church along with herself”. Thus, for centuries, Kildare was ruled by a double line of abbot-bishops and of abbesses. The Abbess of Kildare was regarded as superior general of the monasteries in Ireland. Also, her successors have always been accorded Episcopal honour.  Brigid’s small oratory at Kildare became a center of religion and learning, and developed into a cathedral city.

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.  Moreover, the oils are sacramentals.  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. Prayer and a gesture of faith, like applying the oil, are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. In addition, by doing so we place our trust in God.

 The Irish Blessings oils, which have a healing affect, are dedicated to the Holy Spirit, Our Lady and the saints. The oils come through prayer.  They are placed on their designated altars for a period of prayer before being sent out. All the oils have their own individual essential oil fragrance. Also, the oils are of therapeutic grade.

The bottles of oils going out are accompanied with a prayer card personalised for the saint to whom the oil is dedicated to.  In addition, the oils have their own unique essential oil fragrance.  To have it blessed would put Jesus Own Blessing on the oil, through a priest.  Something blessed by a priest has extra grace from God.  Also, anything holy, even if it’s not blessed, is still special

Luke 10; 33-34. The Good Samaritan
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them”.

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