About St. Blaise
Feast Day: February 3
St. Blaise was a fourth century bishop. He is known for his miraculous works. It is said that sick and wounded animals would find their way to him and he would heal them. But he is perhaps best known for healing a child who had a fishbone caught in his throat. For this reason, it is common to bless thoats on his feast day.
He was martyred in 316 during the persecution of Christians by the Emporer Licinius.
Patron Saint of…
St. Blaise is the patron saint of throats, animals, veterinarians, and builders.
Daily Mass Readings for the Optional Memorial of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr
The readings for his feast day (see below) speak of perseverance and spreading the Good News. This saint witnessed to the Gospel by remaining steadfast in his faith despite persecution. They also speak of healing the sick, which was an important part of his ministry.
- First reading – Romans 5:1-5: “Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 117: “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”
- Gospel – Mark 16:15-20: “They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Blessing of the Throats
St. Blase is known for healing a choking child. So he is the patron saint of throat illnesses and injuries of the throat. Every year on his feast day, February 3, throat blessings are held at Catholic Churches around the world.
Two candles are crossed in front of the person’s throat, and then the priest offers this prayer:
Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil.