St Lawrence (martyr) healing oil
The healing oil dedicated to St Lawrence as one of the most venerated Roman martyrs celebrated for his Christian valour. The patron saint of the poor and of cooks.
Saint Lawrence one of seven deacons in charge of giving help to the poor and needy. Under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred during the persecution of Emperor Valerian in 258.
His Early Life
Lawrence thought to have born on December 31, AD 225 in Valencia, or less probably, in Huesca. The town from which his parents came in the later region of Aragon. That then part of the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. The martyrs Orentius and Patientia traditionally held to have his parents.
Lawrence encountered the future Pope Sixtus II. Who of Greek origin and one of the most famous and highly esteemed teachers, in Caesaraugusta. Eventually, both left Spain for Rome. When Sixtus became the Pope in 257, he ordained Lawrence as a deacon, and though Lawrence still young appointed him first among the seven deacons who served in the cathedral church.
St Laurence Death
On 10 August, Lawrence the last of the seven deacons, and therefore, the ranking Church official suffered a martyr’s death.
The life and death of Deacon Laurence speaks the timeless message of the Gospel to all who will listen. Whether we ever called to shed our blood in what has traditionally called red martyrdom or simply called to offer our sacrifices daily in a continuous life of poured-out love, traditionally called white martyrdom, we continue the redemptive work of the Lord through our daily Christian lives and participation in the life of the Church.
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they 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. Prayer and a gesture of faith, like applying the oil, are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. By doing so we place our trust in God.
The Irish Blessings oils, which have a healing affect, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, Our Lady and the saints. The oils come through prayer. They placed on their designated altars for a period of prayer before sent out. The oils are of therapeutic grade.
The bottles of oils going out accompanied with a prayer card personalised for the saint to whom the oil is dedicated to.