Oil Dedicated to St Januarius 2 (Patron for Blood Banks)
St Januarius 2 (Patron for Blood Banks) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Januarius, also known as San Gennaro, is a revered saint in the Catholic Church. He is widely venerated as the patron saint of Naples, Italy, as well as the patron saint of blood banks, volcanic eruptions, and various other causes.
Januarius was a bishop of Benevento in the 3rd century during the time of the Roman Empire. He believed to have martyred during the Christian persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. According to tradition, Januarius arrested for his Christian faith and subjected to various forms of torture, including thrown into a furnace and thrown to wild animals. However, he miraculously survived these ordeals.
One of the most well-known aspects associated with St. Januarius is the phenomenon of his blood liquefying. It believed that a vial containing a dried sample of his blood, called the “relic of the blood,” liquefies several times a year. This event, known as the “Miracle of San Gennaro,” takes place in Naples on specific dates, such as September 19 (the saint’s feast day) and on the Saturday before the first Sunday of May.
The liquefaction of the blood regarded by many as a miraculous sign and celebrated by the faithful. It has become a significant event for the people of Naples, who view it as a symbol of protection and blessings for their city. Some also associate the liquefaction with potential disasters or misfortunes, and the event often followed by prayers and processions.
Regarding the connection with blood banks, St. Januarius became associated with this cause due to his role as the patron saint of blood-related issues. His intercession often sought for the well-being of blood donors, recipients of blood transfusions. And those involved in medical professions related to blood transfusion and research.
Overall, St. Januarius holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Naples and many Catholics worldwide. His patronage of blood banks reflects the belief in his ability to provide guidance. Protection and blessings in matters concerning blood and its life-giving properties.