St. Blaise &the
Blessing of Throats
3rd February, 2015 (in both Novus Ordo
& the Traditional Roman Rites)
1622 "Suffering and illness have always been among the greatest problems that trouble the human spirit. Christians feel and experience pain as do all other people; yet their faith helps them to grasp more deeply the mystery of suffering and to bear their pain with greater courage. . . . Part of the plan laid out by God's providence is that we should fight strenuously against all sickness and carefully seek the blessings of good health, so that we may fulfill our role in human society and in the Church"
Saint Blase was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. Very little is known about his life, though according to accounts he was a physician before becoming a bishop. His cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who was choking to death. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat.
Apostleship of Prayer Video with Fr. James Kubiki
Reliquary of St. Blaise in Dubrovnik
Blessing of throats at a Traditional Roman Rite Latin Mass