We are very honored to have our olive oil blessed as Chrism by the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Bishop Daniel Walsh consecrated our olive last Thursday in a centuries-old Holy Week tradition. So, this seemed to be an appropriate posting for Easter Sunday.
Used to annoint the sick in what most laymen call "last rights," the oils are also used at baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, and other Church sacraments.
Throughout the Catholic Church for centuries, the bishop of each diocese has distributed oil to every parish for use throughout the year.
In our case, the oil will be used throughout the six-county area covered by the Diocese of Santa Rosa. This means our oil will potentially touch the lives of more than 150,000 people.
Our olive orchards are believed to be the oldest in Napa County, with the original cuttings coming aboard ship from the Mediterranean region around the Horn. The opportunity to provide continuity to a centuries-old sacred tradition and to be recognized for the integrity of our traditional, sustainable approach to farming is truly an honor for our family and for our team at Long Meadow Ranch.
For more background, see our brief press release.