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Feast of Saint Blase.

By Christina Hermoso

People suffering from diseases of the throat are encouraged to seek the intercession of Saint Blase (San Blas) as the Roman Catholic Church observes the feast of the patron saint of individuals suffering from health problems involving the throat on February 3.

Commemorative masses, novenas, and the traditional blessing of throats will be held in many Catholic churches in observance of his feast day. During the blessing, two blessed candles are held near the throat in the form of a cross while a short prayer asking for the intercession of St. Blase against all forms of throat ailments is recited.

In the country, commemorative rites in honor of St. Blase will be held in Sebaste, Antique, where a Eucharistic celebration, novenas, and a solemn procession will be held.

Known as a third century martyr, St. Blase was a physician and a bishop of Sebaste, Armenia (Turkey). Many miraculous healings were attributed to him, including the healing of a child who was choking to death from a fishbone. Since the 8th century, his intercession has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those with throat problems.

St. Blase died a martyr in the year 316. The Catholic Church listed him as one of the 14 Holy Helpers, the saints who were invoked together during the Black Plague which ravaged Europe from 1346 to 1349.



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Title Annotation:Faith
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Feb 2, 2019
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