Oil dedicated to St Aspasius on prayer cloth
The Oil dedicated to St Aspasius on prayer cloth is in honour of the French saint who is patron for abscesses.
St Aspasius served as the Bishop Eauxe (modern-day Auch, France). He participated in the Councils of Orleans in 533, 541, and 549. Also, he held a provincial council in 551.
He is traditionally venerated in the French towns of Meaux and Melum. His feast day is January 2.
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 applies the oil and blesses themselves. 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.