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Feast Day: February 3rd – Blessing of the Throat
- Date of Death: Saint Blaise died in A.D. 316
- Cause of Death: Beheaded
Who or what is Saint Blaise the patron saint of? Saint Blaise is the patron of Throat problems and the Wool trade. Meanings, definition and origins – a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
On the day of his feast the blessing of St. Blaise is given: two candles are consecrated, generally by a prayer, these are then held in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat with them. At the same time the following blessing is given: “May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions”.
The Story and History of Saint Blaise The story and history of Saint Blaise. Blase was a well educated Physician who became Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia. He was persecuted by Agricola, The famous Roman general, who ordered Blaise to renounce his faith. When Blase refused he was thrown into prison where he helped sick prisoners and famously saved a child who was choking on a fish bone. Blaise refused to renounce his faith and was tortured by having his fleash torn with wool combs. He was finally beheaded on the orders of Agricola.
Death of Saint Blaise There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Blaise died in A.D. 316. Cause of Death: Beheaded.
Why is Saint Blaise the patron of Throat problems and the Wool trade? Why is Saint Blaise is the patron of Throat problems and the Wool trade? He saved a child from choking and was tortured with wool combs being used to rip off his flesh.
How Saint Blaise is represented in Christian Art It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Blaise in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Blaise is represented in Christian Art with an iron comb.
Feast Day of Saint Blaise The Feast Day of Saint Blaise is February 3rd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint’s feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.