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Blessing of the Throats – Feast of St. Blaise

February 3, 2017 @ 7:00 am

St. Blaise is given special recognition on February 3, not only with a feast day, but with a unique ceremony that parallels the practice of anointing the sick.
Saint Blaise was the Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. Very little is known about his life. According to various accounts he was a physician before becoming a bishop.  He was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fish bone in his throat.  Since the eighth century, he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat.
In this case, it is blessing the throats of those with throat disorders and anyone who wishes to avoid getting such a malady (or something related to the throat, even the words one speaks; see Psalm 5:10). The blessing is usually done by priests (though deacons may also serve) and it is considered a sacramental of the Church.

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