Feast of St. Blaise
On Friday we will celebrate the feast of St Blaise. The Catholic practice that accompanies this is the blessing of throats. A good practice in these months of the flu and to guard against all ailments of the throat!
If you want your throat blessed, come by Adult spirituality anytime on Friday!
We are most grateful for this practice! If you would like to help during your free period to bless throats, let Adult Spirituality know!
Blessing of the Throats
According to the Acts, while Blaise was being taken into custody, a distraught mother, whose only child was choking on a fishbone, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured. Consequently, Saint Blaise is invoked for protection against injuries and illnesses of the throat.
In many places on the day of his feast the blessing of St. Blaise is given: two burning candles, blessed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord ("candlemas"), are held in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat with them. At the same time the following blessing is given: "May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions".
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