Oil Dedicated to St Alexis (Patron for Pilgrims)
St Alexis (Patron for Pilgrims) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Alexis (or Alexis of Rome) was a fourth-century Christian saint and martyr who is believed to have been born in Rome in the late third century. Little known about his life, but according to tradition, he the son of a wealthy Roman senator and raised as a devout Christian.
As a young man, Alexis inspired by the example of St. Paul, and decided to renounce his family and his wealth in order to live a life of poverty and devotion. He left Rome and traveled to the East, where he lived for many years as a hermit and a beggar.
After many years of wandering, Alexis returned to Rome, where he lived in poverty and anonymity, begging for food and shelter. He eventually taken in by his own family, who did not recognize him, and given a place to live in their household.
Despite the discomfort and humiliation of his new living conditions, Alexis continued to live a life of asceticism and devotion, spending his days in prayer and contemplation. According to tradition, he lived in this way for many years, until his death at an advanced age.
St. Alexis venerated as a patron saint of beggars, the homeless, and those who live in poverty. His story seen as a powerful example of the Christian virtues of humility and self-denial, and he remembered as a symbol of the importance of caring for those who are most in need. He also recognized as a model of intercession, as he believed to have performed many miracles during his life and to continue to intercede on behalf of those who pray to him.