Thursday, February 3, 2011
Cool Catholic Traditions: Blessing of the Throats
Posted by Brad Noel
For centuries, Catholics have had a custom on St. Blaise's feast day called the "blessing of the throats". During the blessing, the priest holds two candles tied together with a red ribbon in the form of a cross at the throat of the person seeking a blessing and prays: "Through the intersession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God preserve you from throat troubles and every other evil. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
On this very cold day, a blessing of the throat would certainly not be a bad idea. Happy St. Blaise's Day!
Labels: Cool Catholic Traditions