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St Barbara Zagariete (incorrupt) healing oil

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The St Barbara Zagariete  healing oil is dedicated to the saint from Žagarė, Lithuania. According to oral history, Barbara distinguished herself by her Christian virtues.  She died young under obscure circumstances. Her remains were said to be incorruptible. This inspired a strong following among local people.  Numerous miracles are attributed to her.

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St Barbara Zagariete healing oil

The St Barbara Zagariete healing oil is dedicated to the saint from Žagarė, Lithuania. According to oral history, Barbara distinguished herself by her Christian virtues.  She died young under obscure circumstances. Her remains were incorruptible. This inspired a strong following among local people.

Local people tell stories about her care for the sick and generosity for beggars. Also, she would intercede on behalf of serfs and walk to the church on her knees. She wanted to become a nun, and even joined a Franciscan monastery in Riga.  However, her non-believer father would not allow it.  She jumped out of the second floor of the manor to escape her father’s wrath and died of injuries

Remains

Barbara was first buried either in Žvelgaičiai or Umiastowski family crypt. In 1655, during the Second Northern War, Sweden invaded Lithuania and burned down the church.  As a result, her cult grew stronger.

Tsarist authorities discouraged Catholicism and walled up the crypt in 1877. The remains were put in a glass coffin in the crypt beneath the high altar.  However, in 1963, authorities of the Lithuanian SSR closed the church.  They transferred the remains to an unknown location. Efforts to locate the remains were unsuccessful. When the church was returned to the congregation, a symbolic casket was placed in the same crypt.

Veneration

Local people venerated Barbara as if she were a saint. It was common to circle her coffin three times on knees. Her cult merged with that of Saint Barbara.  The women shared not only names but also similar life stories. Local people celebrated the feast of Barbara Žagarietė on 4 December.  They sang hymns that initially meant for St. Barbara.  In November 2004, the Bishop of Šiauliai, sent a request to the Holy See to begin the beatification and canonization for Žagarietė. In May 2005, the Holy See replied that there were no obstacles in initiating the case.

St Barbara Zagariete healing oil/Tradition of oils

The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. The sick person applies the anointing and blesses themselves. 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.

 

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Weight0.040 kg

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