Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. Saint Blaise’s protection of those with throat troubles apparently comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him.

Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. We believe he was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred under the reign of Licinius in the early fourth century.

The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tell us that he was born in to a rich and noble family who raised him as a Christian. After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial. On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally St. Blaise was killed by the governor.

Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals because of his care for them and of those with throat maladies.

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  1. Dear St.Blaise,
    Please interceed for my husband’s friend who died in December of throat cancer. Also please heal me of my throat malady. Also, please interceed/give me wisdom/cure my painted turtle from what ever is causing his shell problem.

  2. St. Blaise, please pray for Joop, he will have surgery on his throat on March second; heal him completely I pray with you. Thank you for hearing my request.

  3. Heavenly Father, please pray for the souls of my Mother Carmen, Father Victorino, Brother Nelson and other relatives who had passed away already. Please always open the doors of heaven for them. Protect our whole family from any harms and danger. Be my guide at all times in all plans and actions. Hear the prayer requests of this online community. Lord, hear our prayers. In Jesus name, Amen.

  4. O Glorious Saint Blaise,
    who by thy martyrdom
    has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith,
    obtain for us the grace to
    preserve within ourselves this divine gift,St-Blaise
    and to defend, without human respect,
    both by word and example,
    the truth of that same faith,
    which is so wickedly attacked
    and slandered in these our times.
    You who miraculously cured
    a little child when it was at the point of death
    by reason of an affliction of the throat,
    grant us your powerful protection in like misfortunes;
    and, above all, obtain for us
    the grace of repentance,
    together with a faithful observance of our Church,
    and avoidance from offending Almighty God. Amen.

  5. I went to a Catholic elementary school in NJ in the 1960s and every year on Feb.3, we had our throats blessed. I used to get severe Strep. throats and the only cure was to have my tonsils removed.
    Prayer can help many people but sometimes you need a doctor who has the gift of healing.

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