Oil Dedicated to St Eligius (Patron for Ulcers)
Dear St. Eligius, patron for those afflicted with ulcers, we humbly seek your assistance and solace in times of physical discomfort. As we face the challenges of ulcers, we turn to you for your intercession, asking for relief from pain and healing for our bodies. We entrust our well-being to your care, knowing that your compassionate heart understands our suffering. We pray that through your guidance, we may find strength to endure, and that the grace of God may bring about restoration and peace to our ailing bodies. St. Eligius, advocate for those with ulcers, we trust in your powerful prayers on our behalf. Amen.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
St Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 near Limoges in France. He became an extremely skillful metalsmith and was appointed master of the mint under King Clotaire II of Paris. Eligius developed a close friendship with the King and his reputation as an outstanding metalsmith became widespread. With his fame came fortune. Eligius was very generous to the poor, ransomed many slaves, and built several churches and a monastery at Solignac. He also erected a major content in Paris with Property he received from Clotaire’s son, King Dagobert I.
In 629, Eligius was appointed Dagobert’s first counselor. Later, on a mission for Dagobert, he persuaded the Breton King Judicael, to accept the authority of Dagobert. Eligius later fulfilled his desire to serve God as a priest, after being ordained in 640. Then he made bishop of Noyon and Tournai. His apostolic zeal led him to preach in Flanders, especially Antwerp, Ghent, and Courtai where he made many converts. Eligius died on December 1, around 660, at Noyon. He is the patron of metalworkers and his feast day is December 1. The use of one’s talents and wealth for the welfare of humanity is a very true reflection of the image of God. In the case of St. Eligius, he so well liked that he attracted many to Christ. His example should encourage us to be generous in spirit and kind and happy in demeanor.