The Feast of St. Blaise
Blessing of the Throats
Today is the Feast St. Blaise, who was martyred by having his flesh torn apart by woolcombs (yikes!). Consequently, he is one of the patrons of the wool industry. (So, if you raise and show sheep, you might want to ask this holy man for an intercession or two.) Also, St. Blaise is one of the 14 Holy Helpers. (Click here for great information on 14 of the most powerful intercessors in the Hall of Saints.)
On this day, Catholics usually have their throats blessed against illness. The blessing is carried out by a priest, who touches two candles to the person’s throat. These are some of the same candles that were blessed yesterday at Candlemas.
Sorry, but I don’t have too much time to write a longer post today, so I’ll just leave you with a couple of links to flesh out the details. (Actually, that’s what I normally do anyway. 🙂 )