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Saint Blaise devoted the earlier years of his life
to the study of philosophy,
and afterwards became a physician.
In the practice of his profession
he saw so much of the miseries of life
and the hollowness of worldly pleasures,
that he resolved to spend the rest of his days
in the service of God.
From being a healer of bodily ailments,
he became a physician of souls,
then retired for a time, by divine inspiration,
to a cavern where he remained in prayer.

When the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia died,
Blaise, much to the gratification
of the inhabitants of that city,
was chosen to succeed him.
Saint Blaise at once began to instruct his people,
as much by his example as by his words,
and the great virtues and sanctity
of the servant of God were attested to
by many miracles.
From all parts, the people came flocking to him
for the cure of bodily and spiritual ills.

When the governor of Cappadocia
and Lesser Armenia, Agricolaus,
began a persecution by order
of the Emperor Licinius,
Saint Blaise was seized.
After interrogation and a severe scourging,
he was hurried off to prison.
While he was under custody,
a distraught mother,
whose only child was dying of a throat disease,
threw herself at his feet
and implored his intercession.
Touched at her grief,
he offered up his prayers,
and the child was cured.

The prisoner was brought before Agricolaus again
for further questioning, and again
was whipped while tied to a pillar.
He was spared from drowning
when thrown into a lake;
the governor ordered then that he be beheaded.
At the execution site he prayed aloud to God
for his persecutors, and asked that
in the future those who would invoke him
might be aided, as he had been permitted
to assist them during his lifetime.
Our Lord appeared to him and said in a voice
which all bystanders heard,
that He granted his prayer.
Since that time his intercession has often been
effectually solicited, especially in cases
of all kinds of throat problems.



The blessing of the sick by ministers of the Church
is a very ancient custom,
rooted in imitation of Christ Himself
and His apostles.


The blessing may be given by touching the throat
of each person with two candles
blessed on the Feast of the Purification of Mary
(February 2 - Candlemas)
and which have been joined together
in the form of a cross.

As the priest places the candles on the throat
of each person, he says:

“Per intercessionem Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris,

liberet te Deus a malo gutturis, et a quolibet alio malo. 

In nomine Patris, et Filii +, et Spiritus Sancti.  Amen.“ 

“Through the intercession of Saint Blaise,
bishop and martyr, may God deliver you
free from every disease of the throat,
and from every other disease.
In the name of the Father and of the Son,
+ and of the Holy Spirit.”