St. Blaise

Today is the Catholic feast day of St. Blaise. I remember when I was a child at St. Albert the Great grade school, all the students would gather in the church. The priest would take two large, thin candles and criss-cross them over our necks while he said a blessing. The blessing was something similar to this:

“May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions”. Then the priest made the sign of the cross over the the top our our heads.

According to the Acts, while Blaise was being taken into custody, a distraught mother, whose only child was choking on a fishbone, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured. Consequently, Saint Blaise is invoked for protection against injuries and illnesses of the throat.



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