Blessing of throats

Starts: Saturday, February 3rd 2018 at 10:00 am
Ends: Saturday, February 3rd 2018 at 10:30 am

Saturday, 3rd February is the feast day of St Blaise who was a physican and bishop of Sebaste, Armenia. He lived in a cave in Mount Argeus and was a healer of both people and animals. Many cures were attributed to him, particularly one of a young boy who was brought  to him as he was in danger of choking from a fishbone stuck in his throat. Blaise prayed over him and the boy was cured. St Blaise was martyred circa 316AD.

On St Blaise’s feast day many people come to church to have their throats blessed. This blessing will take place in our parish directly following the 10am morning Mass on , Saturday, 3rd February. Using two crossed and unlighted candles the priest will touch the throat of each person and will recite a short prayer asking St Blaise to intercede with God to deliver us from every disease of the throat and from every other illness. The blessing of St Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.