February 1, 2015

Saint Blaise

Feast Day: February 3
Patron Saint of Throat Illnesses

At the beginning of the month, you may remember getting your throat blessed. February 3rd was the feast day of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of throat illnesses. Here two candles are blessed, held slightly open and placed against the throat as a blessing is said.

Saint Blaise’s protection and help for those with throat troubles comes from the legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fish bone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him.

 “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Amen.

http://www.frankfieldgrange.ie/events/blessing-of-throats/