St Blaise of the malaise

A reader, hearing that I had a sore throat coming on, writes:

I thought it might be worth mentioning – and you may know this already – that February 3rd is traditionally associated with St Blaise, known as the protector and patron of those with throat troubles!! The legend is that a boy was brought to him with a fishbone stuck in his throat – the boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him. Many churches have a special blessing of throats on this day. The wording of the traditional blessing is: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil…”

This is very interesting! I very small amount of research reveals that not only is this true, but that there is a Blessing of the Throats service today at St Etheldreda, in Holborn – it is the oldest sdurviving Catholic church in England and one of only two buildings in London surviving from the time of Edward I. So there. So if you’re in London and have a sore throat, I’d get down there.

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