Saint Blaise

Feast Day - February 3

Patron of Throat Ailments

Saint BlaiseSt. Blaise was known for his kindness and healing.  He was sought by believers to cure the medical conditions of loved ones and animals. 

We know more about the devotion to St.  Blaise by Christians around the world than we know about the saint himself.  His feast is observed as a holy day in some Eastern Churches.  The Council of Oxford, in 1222, prohibited servile labor in England on Blaise’s feast day.  The Germans and Slavs hold him in special honor and for decades many United States Catholics have sought the annual St.  Blaise blessing for their throats

We know that Bishop Blaise was martyred in his Episcopal city of Sebastea, Armenia, in 316.  The legendary Acts of St.  Blaise were written 400 years later.  According to them Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to encourage the spiritual and physical health of his people.  Although the Edict of Toleration (311), granting freedom of worship in the Roman Empire, was already five years old, persecution still raged in Armenia.  Blaise was apparently forced to flee to the back country.  There he lived as a hermit in solitude and prayer, but made friends with the wild animals.  One day a group of hunters seeking wild animals for the amphitheater stumbled upon Blaise’s cave.  They were first surprised and then frightened.  The bishop was kneeling in prayer surrounded by patiently waiting wolves, lions and bears. 

As the hunters hauled Blaise off to prison, the legend has it; a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat.  At Blaise’s command the child was able to cough up the bone. 

Agricolaus, governor of Cappadocia, tried to persuade Blaise to sacrifice to pagan idols.  The first time Blaise refused, he was beaten.  The next time he was suspended from a tree and his flesh torn with iron combs or rakes.  Finally he was beheaded.

Prayer to Saint Blaise

O glorious Saint Blaise, who by thy martyrdom has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times.  Thou who didst miraculously cure a little child when it was at the point of death by reason of an affliction of the throat, grant us thy powerful protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.

Blessing of Saint Blaise

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


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