Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky healing oil
The Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky healing oil is dedicated to the bishop, of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. This is one of the Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with Rome. Notably, he is a martyr of the Catholic Church. He died in 1973 of his injuries sustained while imprisoned by the Soviet Union for his faith.
Velychkovsky was born in Stanislaviv, in then-Austria-Hungary. In 1920 he entered the seminary in Lviv. In 1925 he took his first religious vows in the village of Holosko near Lviv. As a priest-monk Vasyl Velychkovsky taught and preached in Volyn. In 1942 he became abbot of the monastery in Ternopil. Because of religious persecution by the Communists he was arrested in 1945 by the NKVD and sent to Kiev. The punishment of death was commuted to 10 years of hard labor.
On release in 1955 he went back to Lviv, and was ordained a bishop in 1963. In 1969 he was imprisoned again for three years for his religious activities. Released in 1972, he was exiled. He died of his injuries from prison in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 30, 1973, aged 70.
Thirty years after his death, Vasyl Velychkovsky’s body was found to be almost incorrupt. His toes had fallen off and were subsequently divided to be used as holy relics. Beatified in 2001, the intact remains of Blessed Bishop and Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky are enshrined at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Today, his shrine is located at 250 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky healing oil/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.
The Irish Blessings oils are dedicated to the Holy Spirit, Our Lady and the saints. The oils come through prayer. They are placed on their designated altars for a period of prayer before being sent out. The oils are of therapeutic grade.
The bottles of oils going out are accompanied with a prayer card. In addition, they are personalised for the saint to whom the oil is dedicated to.