Blessing of throats offered after Masses this weekend

Blessing of Throats will be offered following Mass the weekend of February 4-5.

According to centuries-old tradition, two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said: "Oh God, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr, Blaise, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat.

St. Blaise is the patron of physicians, sick cattle, wax chandlers, woolcombers, and of wild animals because of his care for them and of those with throat maladies and was a bishop of Sebastea in Armenia who was martyred during a Christian persecution in the fourth century.

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