Tuesday, February 03, 2009

St. Blaise, bishop and martyr

Today is the feast of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr. He is known as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia and was martyred for the faith. He is the patron for those with diseases of the throat, and on this day a special "St. Blaise Blessing" is administered in many churches, including mine. According to tradition he saved the life of a boy who was choking on a fish bone. The use of the crossed candles in the administration of the blessing is a symbol of that incident.

Blessing: Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may you be preserved from every illness of the throat, and every other disease, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1 comment:

Eva Ulian said...

I'm so glad other churches have a devotion to this Saint "San Biagio" (Italian) and not just our little village church of Sarmede (near Venice Italy). Unfortunately I was not able to go to the evening mass as I was ill, including a sore throat, to take photos of the blessings. Next year I hope I'll be there and send you photos.