Oil Dedicated to St Giles 6 (Patron for Cancer Patients)
St Giles 6 (Patron for Cancer Patients) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Giles, also known as Giles the Hermit, is one of the most revered saints from the Middle Ages, although there are many legends about his life and only a few historical facts. According to tradition, he was born in Athens, Greece, in the 7th century and later moved to France, where he lived as a hermit in a forest near Nîmes. He supposedly only had a deer for company, and his sanctity was revealed when the animal was pursued by the king’s hunters.
The tradition tells that the king’s hunters wounded both the deer and Giles during the chase. Instead of dying, Giles lived and later said to have the power of healing the sick. As a result, he became the patron saint of many groups, including beggars, lepers, disabled people, and those who physically challenged in any way. He also known as a protector of the forests and wild animals.
However, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, St. Giles not specifically recognized as the patron saint of cancer patients in any official capacity by the Catholic Church. It’s possible this has changed after my training data, or that individuals or communities have taken to invoking him in this role due to his association with illness and healing more generally.
As of 2021, the patron saints most commonly invoked for cancer patients are St. Peregrine Laziosi, known for his miraculous healing from cancer, and St. Paul of the Cross, who often invoked for his compassion towards the suffering. It’s always a good idea to check with the latest resources or local religious authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information.