Oil dedicated to St Abanoub on prayer cloth
The Oil dedicated to St Abanoub on prayer cloth is in honour of the child martyr from Egypt.
St. Abanoub is a 4th-century Christian saint and martyr from Egypt. His name means Father of Gold in Coptic.
Abanoub was born in Nehisa in the Nile Delta. He came from a good Christian parents, who died when he was a young child.
Abanoub received the Holy Sacraments, where he confess his faith in Jesus our Lord. He went out and gave all his possessions to the needy.
Abanoub was tortured severely, by whipping and sometimes by tying him to a steel bed and igniting fire under him. But in all these tribulations, the Lord showed his power and Abanoub was saved. As a result of these miracles, many onlookers became Christians, and received the crown of martyrdom.
At the age of 12 years old, Abanoub was killed and beheaded after being tortured for refusing to leave Christianity.
A faithful man called St. Julius wrapped Abanoub’s body in fine linen and sent him to his hometown Nehisa where he was buried.
In 960 A.D. his body was transferred to St. Virgin Mary’s church in Samanoud where it still lies until today. Throughout the years, Abanoub made lots of apparitions in that church.
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.