Born: In Sebastea, Historial Armenia
Died: 316 A.D
Venerated: Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church
Canonized - Pre-congregation
Feast Day; February 3 (Roman Catholic); February 11 (Eastern Orthodox and Green Catholic); usually in January (date varies; Armenian Apostolic)
Patronages: Animals; Builders; Drapers; Choking: Veterinarians; Throats; Infants; Stone Cutters; Carvers; Wool Workers
PLACES: Maratea, Italy; Sicily, Dalmatia, Croatia (one of the four historic regions of Croatia); Dubrovnik, Croatia, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; Rubiera, Italy
The blessing of throats, invoking the intercession of Saint Blaise, has become a very popular devotion. Saint Blaise devoted the early years of his life to the study of philosophy and afterward became a physician. He was ordained to the priesthood and made Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, where he was seized and carried off to prison by Agricolous, the Governor.
On his way to prison, a distracted mother whose child was suffering from a disease of the throat implored his aid. At his intercession the child was cured, and since that time his aid has often been solicited in cases of a similar disease. After cruel tortures the Saint was beheaded in the year 316. Through his intercession many have been cured of throat diseases or protected from them.
The priest in giving the blessing of Saint Blaise holds two candles in the form of a cross touching the throat, and prays that through the merits and intercession of Saint Blaise the person blessed may be delivered from throat diseases and from every other evil. The priest says, "Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat, and from every other illness. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." The person responds, "Amen."
PRAYER: Lord, hear Your people through the intercession of Saint Blaise. Help us to enjoy peace in this life and find a lasting refuge in the next. Amen.