Oil dedicated to St Benedict
Dear St. Benedict,
In the halls of learning where we, the school children, embark on the journey of knowledge, we seek your benevolent presence as our patron. Guide us in our studies, we pray, so that our minds may be open to understanding and our hearts receptive to wisdom. Like you, who valued the pursuit of knowledge, help us to approach each lesson with diligence and enthusiasm.
As we face the challenges and joys of the academic path, we ask for your intercession, St. Benedict. Be with us in moments of uncertainty, offering the steadiness of your spirit to help us overcome obstacles. May we, under your watchful care, thrive in our education, grow in virtue, and find joy in the pursuit of truth.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Oil dedicated to St Benedict is dedicated to the founder of the monastic tradition.
Benedict of Nursia is a Christian saint, who is venerated throughout the world. He is a patron saint of Europe.
Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Lazio, Italy. He then moved to Monte Cassino in the mountains of southern Italy. The Order of Saint Benedict is of later origin. Moreover, not an “order” as commonly understood but merely a confederation of autonomous congregations.
The “Rule of Saint Benedict” is his main achievement. The rule contains precepts for his monks. It is heavily influenced by the writings of John Cassian. There is strong affinity with the Rule of the Master. Also, it has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness. Consequently, this persuaded most religious communities to adopt it. As a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of western monasticism.
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.
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”.