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Got Yer Candles? It’s the Feast of St. Blase!

St. Blaise is known by many titles, among them “physician of souls” and “saint of the wild beasts.”  He is most commonly known as the patron saint of throat illnesses, however.  Many Catholic churches worldwide celebrate his feast day (February 3) with a special blessing of throats, using two blessed candles in a “v” shape across each person’s neck.  Though little historical fact is known about St. Blaise, we do know that he was considered a miracle worker even in his day and lived much of his life as a hermit in a cave.  Many churches have been named after him, especially in the United Kingdom.  In Kent, England, there exists St. Blaise’s Well, which is claimed to have water with healing properties in it.

Hat tip to the beatification cause of Cora Evans.

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