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Feast of St. Blaise - 3rd of February

The 3rd of February is the feast of St. Blaise and is traditionally associated with the blessing of the throat.

This is a day that seems to have an enormous appeal to Irish people and many who rarely come to church will attend on this date to have their throats blessed.

Little is known about Blaise other than that he was bishop of Sebastea and was martyred in Armenia in the year 315.  Some authors suggest that he was a medical doctor before becoming a priest.

His association with ailments of the throat seems to originate with a story relating to a young man who was choking on a fish bone and was thought to beyond help.  Blaise was able to remove the bone and the young man's life was saved.

Whatever about the story we should be careful about attaching any sort of magical understanding to the intercession of St. Blaise.  The blessing of the throats should be seen as invoking God's healing power in our lives and also as a renewal of our awareness of the importance of being responsible for our physical well-being and general health.

The blessing of the throats is normally done by placing two candles on the throat of the person being blessed and using the following text:

"Through the intercession of Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may the Lord protect 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."


Article posted on 3rd of February 2010

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