The St Peregrine healing oil is dedicated to the 13th-century Italian saint. He is the patron saint against cancer. The Lord cured a cancerous sore on his leg.
Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forlì, Italy to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth. Also, his family politically opposed the papacy.
In 1283 the residents of Forlì were under interdict. St. Philip Benizi, Prior General of the Friar Servants of Saint Mary, was sent to try to reconcile the divided community. While trying to preach in Forlì, Philip was heckled and struck by the eighteen-year-old Peregrine. He was driven from the city with insults and violence. Peregrine repented and asked Philip for forgiveness. St. Philip received him with kindness. The moment had a profound effect on Peregrine. Filled with remorse, he began to pray more and to channel his energies into good works. A few years later, he joined the Servites in Siena and went on to be ordained a priest.
Subsequently, he returned to his home to establish a Servite community. There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. It is said that he miraculously multiplied grain and wine during a severe shortage in his area. People took to calling him the “Angel of Good Counsel,” so grateful were they for his wise advice so freely given.
One of the special penances he imposed on himself was to stand whenever it was not necessary to sit. When tired he would support himself on a choir stall. At the age of sixty he developed an infection in his right leg. His condition deteriorated to the point that the physician decided to amputate his leg.
Also, Peregrine received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. His cancerous leg was healed. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726. St Peregrine is the patron of cancer patients
St Peregrine healing oil is dedicated to St Peregrine. He was healed of a cancerous ulcer on his leg which was considered beyond saving. The fame of this event in 1325 spread rapidly round the western Church. Christians, and especially the sick, began to invoke his name and seek his intercession for the relief of their suffering and even for a cure from sickness. The canonization of St. Peregrine in 1726 increased people’s devotion to him which spread to the universal Church.
St Peregrine’s prayers are becoming more frequent because this was a person who knew suffering and sickness in his life and also knew the power of divine grace healing him. The Servite family is committed across the world to offering a “ministry of compassion”. Consequently, this is done in a spirit of service towards those who are sick and suffering. So whatever ailment you have go to St Peregrine.
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 to wherever their ailment is 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. 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 prayer card assists you in your prayer.
The Irish Blessings oils, which have a healing effect, 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.
Oil and card available
The bottles of oils going out are accompanied with a prayer card personalized for the saint to whom the oil is dedicated to