Feast of St. Blaise

St. Blaise is given special recognition not only with a feast day on February 3, but with a unique ceremony that parallels the practice of anointing the sick. In this case, it is blessing the throats of those with throat disorders and anyone who wishes to avoid getting such a malady or something related to the throat, even the words one speaks. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. St. Blaise’s protection of those with throat troubles apparently comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when St. Blaise healed him.