Feb. 3, 2015 (St. Blaise)

Today, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Blaise, who was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia in the 4th century. Before being martyred, he is said to have healed a boy who was choking. Since the 8th century, St. Blaise has been venerated as patron of those who suffer from diseases of the throat. We pray in a special way today for protection from afflictions of the throat and from other illnesses. The blessing of St. Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.

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