Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr – February 3rd

We know more about the devotion to Saint Blaise by Christians around the world than we know about the saint himself. United States Catholics have sought the annual Saint Blaise blessing for their throats on his feast day. We do know that Bishop Blaise was martyred in his episcopal city of Sebastea, Armenia, in 316. Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to encourage the spiritual and physical health of his people. He went into a cave in exile because of persecution of Christians and legend has it that St Blaise, who had been discovered by hunters and captured, was on his way to prison when he was approached by a distraught mother whose young son had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blaise’s command the child was able to cough up the bone. When he refused to pray to pagan gods he was beaten, tortured and finally beheaded. franciscanmedia.org

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