Monday, January 5, 2009

Blessed Oil for Healing

Besides the official blessing of oil as performed by the Bishop on Holy Thursday for the Sacrament of healing administred by a priest, there is also a long-standing tradition of the use of simple blessed oil for the healing of the Sick by the laity themselves. In former times it was common to encourage the members of the Rosary Confraternity to take home the oil that had been burning before the Altar of the Rosary Society for application to the absent sick members. For full details of this, see my book, The Riches of the Rosary, published by Veritas, Dublin One finds the same practice among those who come together for Charismatic praise and worship.

If you would like to receive a small bottle of blessed oil for your own use, please contact me, Father Gabriel, at the Dominican Priory, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. As this is done on a confidential basis, I supply only to those who apply individually. Among the prayers specially recommended on the literature supplied is the following:

God, our Father, we press our open wounds
to the precious wounds of Jesus, your Son
that your will and our be one.
Through these shared wounds may we be healed
and bring your healing love to others,
that all may be enriched in the fulness of love
through Jesus, the Divine Humanity.