Florentius of Strasbourg Healing Oil
This healing oil is dedicated to the Irish bishop Florentius of Strasbourg.
Florentius of Strasbourg went to Alsace and there he became a hermit on Mount Ringelberg. After curing the blind and deaf daughter of St. King Dagobert II, he had the king’s patronage in founding a monastery. Appointed the bishop of Strasbourg and founded St. Thomas Monastery, mostly staffed by Irish.
Marlenheim once the seat of Merovingian royalty, who donated land to Florentius for a missionary station. The proximity of the palace brings to mind the healing of King Dagobert’s daughter, a miracle performed by Florentius, portrayed both in stone and in painted glass in Niederhaslach’s noble church. The legend records how the saint on arrival hung up his cloak on a sunbeam.
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. Used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, theyasked 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. By doing so we place our trust in God.
The Irish Blessings oils, which have a healing affect, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, Our Lady and the saints. The oils come through prayer. They placed on their designated altars for a period of prayer before sent out. 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.