Oil Dedicated to St Amand of Maastricht (Patron Against Seizures)
St Amand of Maastricht lived as a hermit for some time and then became a monk at age 20 at Tours, France. When he became a monk, his family tried to kidnap him but they failed. He evangelized in France, Carinthia, Germany, Gascony, and Flanders where he got beaten by the locals for his work.
He later became the Bishop of Maastricht, Netherlands in 649AD. Amand founded several Convents and monasteries where he became the Abbot of the Elnone-en-Pevele monastery in France.
He was a spiritual director of Saint Humbert of Pelaguis. In his later years, he retired to Elnon Abbey where he taught Saint Chorodobald of Marchiennes and became very preyerful.
He is often associated with brewers because he spent much time preaching and teaching in beer making and wine-making regions. One of the great apostles of Flanders. Born near Nantes, in France, about the end of the sixth century. He was, apparently, of noble extraction. When a youth of twenty, he fled from his home and became a monk near Tours. Resisting all the efforts of his family to withdraw him from his mode of life.
When he took the cowl, his family tried to kidnap him to bring him home for “deprogramming”, but failed. Given a commission to wander and preach. He evangelized in France, Flanders, Carinthia, Gascony, and Germany. Sometimes getting beaten by the locals for his trouble.