Oil dedicated to St Ignatius of Loyola on prayer cloth
The Oil dedicated to St Ignatius of Loyola on prayer cloth is in honour of the founder of the Jesuits. He is the patron saint for retreats.
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. Oil dedicated to St Ignatius 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.