February 6, 2012

Blessing of the Throats

The Catholic Church has an ancient tradition of blessing throats around the Feast of Saint Blaise.  Saint Blaise was a bishop in what is now Turkey in the 4th century who was known for blessing people's throats to protect them from illness.

Father Richard Dion of Saint Anthony's Parish graciously came by Trinity today during the lunch periods to bless the throats of any student or staff member who wanted a blessing.  Given the amount of illness going around, every little bit helps!

As is customary, Father Richard held two candles like an X and placed them against the individual's neck and said:

Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

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