Today is also traditionally associated with St Blaise and the blessing of throats. Here is the traditional prayer: ‘Through the intercession of Saint 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’.

We hope that you may have the opportunity to receive this blessing in your local church, and we pray that in these challenging times you will be granted healing and good health. May God bless you this day.