Our Lady of Perpetual Help healing oil
The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Healing Oil is dedicated to Mary, Mother of Jesus
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is represented as thus in a celebrated 15th-century Byzantine icon. Also, the image is called Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
The icon has been in Rome since 1499. There, the official Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help text is prayed weekly.
The Redemptorist Priests were appointed as both custodians and missionaries of this icon by Pope Pius IX in 1865. The image has become very popular among Roman Catholics in particular. It has been very much copied and reproduced. Modern reproductions are sometimes displayed in homes. They are also in business establishments, and public transportation.
On 23 June 1867, the image was granted a Canonical Coronation. The Redemptorist priests are currently entrusted by the Holy See to protect and propagate this Marian religious work of art.
The feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27
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.
Luke 10; 33-34. The Good Samaritan
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them”.
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