Saint Blaise

This Roman Catholic Feast Day, the feast day of Saint Blaise, is observed as a holy day in some Eastern Churches. In the year 1222 the Council of Oxford prohibited servile labor in England on Blaise’s feast day. The Germans and Slavs hold him in special honor and for decades many United States Catholics have sought the annual Saint Blaise blessing for their throats

We know that Bishop Blaise was martyred in his episcopal city of Sebastea, Armenia, in 316. The legendary Acts of St. Blase were written 400 years later. According to them Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to encourage the spiritual and physical health of his people. Although the Edict of Toleration, granting freedom of worship in the Roman Empire, was already five years old, persecution still raged in Armenia. Blaise was apparently forced to flee to the back country. There he lived as a hermit in solitude and prayer, but made friends with the wild animals. One day a group of hunters seeking wild animals for the amphitheater stumbled upon Blaise’s cave. They were first surprised and then frightened. The bishop was kneeling in prayer surrounded by patiently waiting wolves, lions and bears.

As the hunters hauled Blaise off to prison, the legend has it, a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blaise’s command the child was able to cough up the bone.

Agricolaus, governor of Cappadocia, tried to persuade Blaise to sacrifice to pagan idols. The first time Blaise refused, he was beaten. Upon refusal of the next request Saint Blaise was suspended from a tree and his flesh torn with iron combs or rakes. Finally Saint Blaise was beheaded for not submitting to the request of Agricolaus.

About Br. Michael Anthony

The Immaculate Heart of Mary's Hermitage, Florida, USA. Acknowledges God's presence in our lives and God's call to grow in Jesus Christ, commit ourselves to strengthen, promote and extend a community of Justice, Faith, Love and Peace. At present I live this mission by being a Eremitic Monk whose path is CONTEMPLATION: by the strength of the spirit, to live a s continually as possible in the light of the love of God for us, made manifest in Christ.
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3 Responses to Saint Blaise

  1. “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Blessing of St. Blaise).

  2. julia says:

    please pray for sal age 83 addicted to pain meds very bad also that i can sleep thank you

  3. Aj says:

    Please prayer that I and my two children suffer a lot of problem with our throat .Which then deverlop into breathing problem. Even we often get reccurring cold and cough which we have to be always medicated and always theses types of sickness does not let us do our daily routine reqularly . This is herditary in our family also . pray that the lord delivers us from it. Pray that if it is due to alergy thaen make us free from that. Pray that we are healed by the intersecction of st. Blaise at the earliest we have suffered for long long time due to this.

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