Oil Dedicated to St Agatha 5 (Patron for Volcanic Eruptions)
St. Agatha, steadfast patroness in the face of natural tumult, we turn to you in awe of your resilience and faith. As you endured persecution for your beliefs, we seek your intercession in times of upheaval, particularly against the fiery forces of volcanic eruptions. Like the strength you displayed in your trials, grant us the fortitude to withstand the challenges that arise from the earth’s tumultuous forces. St. Agatha, protect those who dwell in regions prone to volcanic activity, and may your divine influence shield them from harm. In moments of danger, may your courage be our guiding light, and may the eruption of faith within our hearts extinguish the fears that threaten to overwhelm us. Amen.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
St Agatha Healing Oil, also known as Agatha of Sicily. One of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs of the Catholic Church. It is believed that she born around 231 in either Catania or Palermo, Sicily to a rich and noble family.
From her very early years, the notably beautiful St Agatha Healing dedicated her life to God. She became a consecrated virgin, a state in life where young women choose to remain celibate and give themselves wholly to Jesus and the Church in a life of prayer and service. That did not stop men from desiring her and making unwanted advances toward her.
However, one of the men who desired Agatha, whose name was Quintianus, because he was of a high diplomatic ranking, thought he could force her to turn away from her vow and force her to marry. His persistent proposals consistently spurned by St Agatha Healing Oil, so Quintianus. Knowing she was a Christian during the persecution of Decius, had her arrested and brought before the judge. He was the Judge.
He expected her to give in to his demands when she faced with torture and possible death. But she simply reaffirmed her belief in God by praying. “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil.” With tears falling from her eyes, she prayed for courage.
To force her to change her mind, Quintianus had her imprisoned – in a brothel. Agatha never lost her confidence in God. Even though she suffered a month of assaults and efforts to get her to abandon. Her vow to God and go against her virtue.