The Feast of Saint Blaise

 

Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Blaise, (the blessing of the throats), asking for God to preserve our throats from illness.  St. Blaise was a physician who became the bishop of a city called Sabastea in what is now Turkey.  He died as a martyr for the faith in AD316 and soon after his death he was hailed and venerated as a saint.  St. Blaise was known to have healed injured animals and one very old story about this holy bishop was that, through his intercession, God miraculously healed a young boy who had a fish bone stuck in his throat.  For this reason, the prayers of St. Blaise have long been invoked for those threatened by or suffering from injuries and illnesses of the throat.