THE HOLY OIL OF SAINT PHILOMENA
Oil lamps have been used in Christian worship from the earliest times. Today, in the Western Church, candles have generally supplanted them, although they may occasionally be found. Many burning oil lamps surround the burial place of Saint Peter in the Vatican Basilica. Oil lamps are generally to be found in churches of the East, on the altar and before the icon screen. A burning oil lamp hangs at the altar of Saint Philomena in her shrine in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
From soon after its establishment, there has been an oil lamp burning at Saint Philomena's shrine in Italy. As if by chance, it was discovered that the Saint worked miracles through the imposition of this oil. The sight of the blind was frequently restored, the deaf received back their hearing, speech was given to the mute and withered limbs were cured.
The Holy Oil of Saint Philomena is blessed annually on the Sunday nearest
to her birthday (10th. January).