Why is Saint Blaisé important?
Saint Blaisé was the Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (modern Turkey) around 1,700 years ago. There are many versions of his life but he is best known for healing the sick – even animals would come to him to be cured. Some accounts tell of how Saint Blaisé left Sebaste to escape persecution
Why do people bless throat?
It’s an ancient custom of the Church to bless the sick, rooted in the ministry of Christ and his apostles. According to the Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, the annual blessing of throats is a traditional sign of the struggle against illness in the life of the Christian
What is the prayer to St. Blaise?
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blasé, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name.