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Friday 3 February 2017

3rd February, St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

St. Blaise, elected Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (Introit) had part in the redemption of the Saviour. "The sufferings of the Saviour abounded in him" (Epistle), and after a life of severe penance passed among wild beasts in a cave on Mount Argeus "he gave his life for Jesus" (Gospel), Having suffered the most atrocious torments under Licinius, he was beheaded in 316.

Like the Redeemer, St. Blaise healed bodies while healing souls, wherefore his intercession was often prayed for. In consequence of his having saved the life of a child who was dying, choked by a bone which had stuck in his throat, the Church recognizes his "prerogative for healing all diseases of the throat ". She blesses two candles to this effect and asks God for all those, whose necks the candles shall touch, that they may be delivered from throat disease or from any other ill through the I merits of this holy martyr's passion. He is one of the fourteen "Auxiliary Saints."

Sacerdotes Dei, benedicite Dominum: sancti et humiles corde, laudate Deum. * Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino: laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.
O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. * All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
(Daniel 3:84,87,85 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nos beáti Blasii Mártyris tui atque Pontíficis ánnua sollemnitáte laetíficas: concéde propítius; ut, cujus natalítia cólimus, de ejúsdem étiam protectióne gaudeámus.
O God, who givest us joy by the annual solemnity of blessed Blaise Thy martyr and bishop, mercifully grant that we may rejoice in his protection whose birthday we celebrate.

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