Traditionally today, on the Optional Memoria of St Blaise, there takes place the blessing of throats, where two candles are placed against the throats of the faithful and the following prayer is recited: ‘Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat, and from every other disease. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.

St Blaise, fourth century martyr, is venerated in both Eastern and Western Churches. May he pray for us, that we may be healed from every infirmity, both of body and spirit.