Prayer for the Feast of St. Blaise and the Blessing of the Throats

Front of Chapel by Timothy Dunford1During our daily morning prayer, Mr. Thomas Baier, Director of Campus Ministry, led our school in prayer over the P.A. system with a special feature on the Feast Day of St. Blaise. May all of our Crusader families and friends read this prayer and ask for the blessing of St. Blaise during this flu season.

“Tomorrow is the feast day of St. Blaise, a physician who was a fourth century bishop in Armenia in what is now Turkey. While in prison for refusing to renounce his faith, he saved a man who was choking on a fish bone. Later he was tortured in prison and beheaded becoming a martyr for his Christian faith. 17 centuries after his death, he is venerated as the patron of those who suffer from throat diseases.

Today, we commemorate the feast of St. Blaise by offering a blessing of the throat in the Branton Chapel during periods one through eight. The blessing states, ‘Through the intercession of St. 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, Amen’  The blessing is simply a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.”

Also, as today is the First Friday of the month we will have Eucharistic Adoration throughout the end of Period 8.

Let us call to mind that we are in God’s presence as we pray…

Almighty and eternal God,

St. Blaise was a faithful servant whose life serves as a model for us all, he lived  a life of faith and trusted in your divine mercy.  You gave him a special gift of healing, a sign of the miraculous power of your love.  Grant to us your protection against the forces of evil and illness.  As we encounter you in the Eucharist, help us also to see you in those who are sick and in need of physical healing.

We ask for these things in your Holy Name, Amen.

Ametur Cor Jesu . . Loved be the Heart of Jesus.
St. Blaise . . . Pray for us

*Photo taken by Timothy Dunford.