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Saint Blaise

A.K.A. Biagio; Blase; Blasius

Born: In Sebastea, Historial Armenia

Died: c. 316 A.D. - Flesh Torn by iron Wool-Combs, then Beheaded

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: Against Angina; Against Bladder Diseases; Against Blisters; Against Coughs; Against Dermatitis; Against Dropsy; Against Eczema; Against Edema; Against Fever; Against Goitres; Against Headaches; Against Impetego; Against Respiratory Diseases; Against Skin Diseases; Against Skin Bites; Against Sore Throats; Against Stomach Pain; Against Storms; Against Teething Pain; Against Throat Diseases; Against Toothaches; Against Ulcers; Against Whooping Cough; Against Wild Beasts; Animals; Children, Bakers, Brick Layers; Construction Workers; Musicians Who Play Wind Instruments; Veterinarians
Places: Belgium; Croatia; Germany; Italy; Dalmatia, Croatia (one of the four historic regions of Croatia)

Representation: Wool Comb (representing the item used to torture him); Hermit tending wild Animals; Candle; Iron Comb; Man Healing a Choking Boy; Man with Two Candles; Two Candles; Two Crossed Candles; Wax

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."

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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.