St Lawrence the Illuminator Healing Oil
The St Lawrence the Illuminator healing oil is dedicated to the 6th century Syrian saint.
Lawrence the Illuminator was born in Syrian. However, he migrated with other 300 Christians to Italy after the prosecution of Severus in 514. He was then ordained in Rome, Italy. He served as a Bishop for 290 years in Spoleto, Italy. When he arrived to assume his reflection, the people rejected him because he was a foreigner. However, the gates opened miraculously making the people realize that he was God sent. He later resigned and founded the Farfa abbey in the Sabine hills, Rome. He was a renowned peacemaker and had the gift of healing the blind both physically and spiritually a phenomenon which led to his name, Illuminator.
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.