Friday, February 3, 2017

St. Blaise

St. Blaise (4th century AD) was once a doctor before becoming the Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia. He was known for his virtues and sanctity. He was arrested during the Roman persecution of Christians and was put to death for his faith. St. Blaise is known for the ‘Blessing of the Throats’, a prayer said during his feast day as a priest crossed two candles over a person’s throat. The blessing invokes the saint’s intercession for protection against throat ailments. This is based on a story that St. Blaise healed a boy with a fishbone stuck in his throat. St. Blaise’s feast day is on 3 February.

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