Candles for the Blessing of the Throats on Feast of Saint Blaise
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Johan van Parys

Feast of Saint Blaise

Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, Bishop and martyr may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and any other illness. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, a 4th C. bishop and martyr with the traditional blessing of the throats.

The tradition of the blessing of throats on the feast of Saint Blaise began after he saved the life of a boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat by ordering the child to cough it up. He is the patron saint of wild animals and those with throat ailments.

The Basilica of Saint Mary will have the blessing of the throats following Noon Mass on the ground level, Saint Joseph Chapel.


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