Tuesday 2nd February is the Feast of St Blaise.
I will be offering
Low Mass in the Traditional Form at 12 noon
followed by the Blessing of Throats.
The image above shows the reliquary (c.1260) containing relics of the foot of St Blaise. You may have seen it in this country if you went to the “Treasures of Heaven” Exhibition at the British Museum, London, in 2011. It usually resides at the Musée Provincial des Arts Anciens du Namurois, Namur, having been given by the Sœurs de Notre-Dame de Namur in 2010.
If you have ever been to Dubrovnik, you may have seen plenty of images of St Blaise there.
The Blessing of throats.
(Health and safety - please note that candles should not be lighted as the blessing is given!)
God, almighty and all-mild, by your Word alone you created the manifold things in the world, and willed that that same Word by whom all things were made take flesh in order to redeem mankind; you are great and immeasurable, awesome and praiseworthy, a worker of marvels. Hence in professing his faith in you the glorious martyr and bishop, Blaise, did not fear any manner of torment but gladly accepted the palm of martyrdom. In virtue of which you bestowed on him, among other gifts, the power to heal all ailments of the throat. And now we implore your majesty that, overlooking our guilt and considering only his merits and intercession, it may please you to bless + and sanctify + and impart your grace to these candles. Let all men of faith whose necks are touched with them be healed of every malady of the throat, and being restored in health and good spirits let them return thanks to you in your holy Church, and praise your glorious name which is blessed forever;
through Christ our Lord.
Through the intercession of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.