There are a lot of legends connected with St. Blaise, even if much is not know about Blaise, himself. Many people have strong devotions to St. Blaise, despite the little knowledge we have of him.
Healer & Doctor
St. Blaise was a bishop and doctor in the 4th century. He was also known for healing and helping patients who had things lodged in their throats.
Legends Surrounding St. Blaise
Some legends recount Blaise healing a boy who was choking to death, despite being led away for being a Christian. Because of this incident, the governor was amazed at his healing power. However, the governor failed at convincing Blaise to recant his faith, so he beat him and then beheaded him.
Another legend says that St Blaise commanded a wolf to return a pig to a woman who had begged him for help on his way to prison. The wolf gave the pig back, and the woman came to visit Blaise in prison with two wax candles, in order to shine light in his dark cell.
On February 3, many parishes offer a “Blessing of Throats” because that is the feast of St. Blaise. Also, the two candles are usually used to bless the throats. Read a bit more about Blaise here.
Why crossed candles?
Little is formally known about St. Blaise, but it is believed he was a physician prior to becoming a bishop. Many stories told of him saving the life of a young boy with a fish bone caught in his throat with prayer and the use of crossed candles at his neck. Subsequently, on Blaise’s feast day (February 3) priests perform the Blessing of Throats.
Who would be friends with St. Blaise?
- ENT Doctor
- Those suffering from throat cancer
- Those with the gift of healing
- Doctors (all doctors too!)
- Candle makers
- Voice actors
I promise you, St Blaise,From the Prayer to St. Blaise
that the words coming from my mouth will always speak:
The truth and not lies; justice and not calumnies; goodness and not harshness; comprehension and not intransigence; forgiveness and not condemnation; pardon and not accusation; respect and not disparagement. Conciliation and not intrigue; calmness and not irritation; unselfishness and not egotism; edification and not scandal; enthusiasm and not defeatism; conformity and not complaint; love and not hate; joyfulness and not sadness; faith and not disbelief; hope and not despair.
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