Saint Blase

Feast Day February 3

St. Blase was born in Sebaste, Armenia. According to legend, he was of noble birth and in his youth became a physician before becoming Bishop of Sebaste. At the time of persecutions under Licinius, he was thrown into prison because of his faith. While there, many sick people were brought to him. Among them there was a boy in danger of death because a fish bone was lodged in his throat and he was choking. The holy Bishop prayed over him and he was cured. St. Blase was tortured and died in the year 316.

He is the patron of stonecutters and is usually depicted as a bishop with mitre and crozier, holding two crossed candled in his left hand. We pray to him in case of diseases of the throat and for the grace to make a good confession.