Oil dedicated to St John 23rd on prayer cloth
Oil dedicated to St John 23rd on prayer cloth is to venerate the Pope that initiated the 2nd Vatican Council in the 1960s.
The man who would be Pope John XXIII was born in the small village of Sotto il Monte in Italy, on November 25, 1881. Roncalli’s career within the Church began in 1904 when he graduated from university with a doctorate in theology. He was ordained a priest thereafter and soon met Pope Pius X in Rome.
Italy was eventually drawn into the war (World war 1). Roncalli was drafted into the Italian Army as a stretcher bearer and chaplain. He did his duty and was eventually discharged from the army in 1919. Free to serve the Church in new capacities he was appointed to be the Italian president of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, handpicked by Pope Benedict XV.
After Pope Pius 12th died the cardinals elected Roncalli as Pope. He took the name of John.
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.