Oil Dedicated to St Blaise 6 (Patron for Builders)
St Blaise 6 (Patron for Builders) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Blaise, also known as St. Blaise of Sebaste, is a popular saint in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. He is venerated as the patron saint of several groups and professions, including builders, but his patronage extends to various other areas as well.
St. Blaise was a bishop in the 4th century in Sebaste, a city in present-day Turkey. He believed to have been a physician before becoming a bishop. St. Blaise gained a reputation for his holiness and miracles, particularly his ability to heal throat and lung ailments.
The association of St. Blaise with builders stems from a legend that tells of him miraculously healing a boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. Builders and construction workers began to seek his intercession for protection and assistance in their work, as well as for healing any injuries or ailments related to their profession.
Devotion to St. Blaise often involves a special blessing of the throat on his feast day, which celebrated on February 3rd. During this blessing, two candles, traditionally crossed and held against the throat, used while the following prayer recited: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil.”
While St. Blaise particularly associated with builders, he also recognized as the patron saint of other professions and groups, such as veterinarians, wool combers, and those suffering from diseases of the throat. Additionally, he invoked for protection against ailments and injuries related to the throat, such as sore throats, hoarseness, and choking.
Devotion to St. Blaise continues to observed by many Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, and his intercession sought for various needs and intentions.