St Blaise Healing Oil (Patron for Diseases of the Throat)
St Blaise Healing February 3 marks the Feast Day of St. Blaise. A day that, as a Catholic, I go to church and get my throat blessed.
Two blessed, unlit candles be placed on each side of my neck, crossed at the bottom, and a prayer said by the priest.
The use of candles for the blessing of throats is believed to stem from the candles that Blaise was given in prison.
When an old woman’s pig had been miraculously rescued from a wolf by Saint Blaise.
She visited him and brought food and candles to light up his dark prison cell.
The feast was apparently instituted at a time when diphtheria and other diseases were a serious health threat.
St. Blaise Armenian bishop during the 4th Century. Not much known about his life except that physician before being bishop.
Purportedly performed a miracle by curing a boy on the brink of death had a fishbone stuck in his throat.
He now the Patron Saint of Throat Illnesses and prayed to for all types of throat and neck ailments.
I do not know if most churches still give a yearly blessing of the throat in honor of St. Blaise, only that my local Catholic church does not.
A Prayer to St. Blaise from catholic.org:
Saint Blaise, pray for us that may not suffer from illnesses of the throat and pray that all are suffering be healed by God’s love. Amen.