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Feast of St. Blaise

February 3, 2020

Blaise was a bishop at Sebaste (Turkey).

During a persecution he was martyred in 316 AD. in the West the feast day of St. Blaise falls on Monday 3rd February.

The most significant detail tells that when Blaise had been captured and was on his way to prison, a boy was brought to him in danger of choking from a fishbone stuck in his throat.

Blaise prayed over him and he was cured.

Perhaps to fill out his healing credentials, it is also reported that before he was chosen as bishop, Blaise had practised as a physician.

On his feast day people gather for the blessing of throats. The blessing is a sign of the people’s faith in God’s protection and love for the sick.

Using two crossed and unlighted candles, the priest (or other minister) touches the throat of each person, saying: Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil.

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