Rachel 2 Healing Oil
Rachel 2 Healing Oil was a Jewish matriarch found in the Old Testament. She and her husband battled through an array of trials and tribulations before they were finally blessed with children. She gave birth to Joseph, of the coat of many colors, and Benjamin, both of whom became saints as well.
The story of Rachel begins when Jacob traveled to his kinsman, Laban’s, home. He fell in love with Rachel and agreed to the terms of marriage set forth by Laban. He worked for Laban for seven years in order to have permission to wed. One the night of the wedding, Jacob was deceived by Laban, instead giving him Leah, the older daughter, to marry. He then worked another seven years to be able to marry Rachel.
St Rachel’s feast day is November 1. When portrayed, she has a small child at her breast or is shown as a shepherdess.
After the tribes of Ephraim and Benjamin were exiled by the Assyrians, Rachel was remembered as the classic mother who mourns and intercedes for her children.
An Old Testament saint, Rachel was the wife of Jacob. Like several women in the Bible, the Lord blessed her with children at the end of her life. The mother of Joseph and Benjamin, she died while delivering Benjamin. St. Rachel never gave up hope that the Lord would bless her with children, and she was rewarded for her devoted faith.
Rachel’s feast day is November 1, and she is the patroness of childless wives and childbirth.
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