Each year on February 3rd, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Blasť. The Feast of St. Blasť is situated immediately after the Feast of the Purification of our Lady (called Candlemas). On February 2nd the priest blesses candles and we carry them in Procession to mark the end of the Christmas Season. Today, the next day, we have the ancient tradition of having our throats blessed by a priest who holds blessed candles. In this lesson we will study the life of St. Blasť and learn about the tradition of the Blessing of Throats. We will also learn about the Fourteen Holy Helpers, of which, St. Blasť is one of them.Preview This Lesson
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INTROIT Ps. Ps 17:5-7 The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice. (Introit from the Mass of St. Blasé).
As we begin this lesson, let us read the life of St. Blasé:
St. Blasé, Bishop and Martyr, devoted the early years of his life to the study of philosophy and afterward became a physician. He was ordained to the priesthood and made Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, where he was seized and carried off to prison by Agricolous, the Governor. On his way to prison a distracted mother whose child was suffering from a disease of the throat implored his aid. At his intercession the child was cured, and since that time his aid has often been solicited in cases of a similar disease. After cruel tortures the saint was beheaded in the year 316. Through his intercession many have been cured of throat diseases or protected from them.
The priest in giving the blessing of Saint Blasé holds two candles in the form a cross touching the throat, and prays that through the merits and intercession of St. Blasé the person blessed may be delivered from throat diseases and from every evil.
Excerpt from: The Lives of the Saints by Rev. Hugo Hoever, 1961
Continuing on and turning into more of a meditation, let us read from the pious work of Dom Gueranger in his “Liturgical Year” entry on St. Blasé.
Now that the Church has closed the joyous period of her forty days of Christmas, and is putting us through a course of meditations on subjects which are to excite a spirit of penance within us, each of the saints' feasts must produce an impression, which shall be in accordance with that spirit. From this day till Easter, we will study the saints, as they come to us, in this special light: how much they laboured and suffered during their pilgrimage of life, and what was the plan they took for conquering the world and the flesh. “They went,” says the psalmist, and wept, casting their seeds: but coming they “shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves.”
It shall be the same with us; and at the end of our lenten labours, our risen Jesus will hail us as His living, regenerated children. The calendar of this portion of the year abounds with martyrs; and, at the very outset, we meet with one of the most celebrated of these glorious champions of Christ. The scene of his pastoral virtues and of his martyrdom was Sebaste... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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