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Friday, February 3, 2006
Sts. Blase and Ansgar
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St. Ansgar:

St. Ansgar was referred to as the "apostle of the north" (Scandinavia) and lived from 801 - February 3, 865 AD. St. Ansgar has a great history. He was a french noble that became a Benedictine monk. St. Ansgar studied under Saint Adelard and Saint Paschasius Radbert, and he founded the first Church in Sweden. He went further for Christ and created schools and churches. He also founded the first Christian school in Denmark, but it was burned to the ground by pagans.

St. Ansgar campaigned against slavery and became the Archbishop of Bremen. The King of Jutland, Erik, was even converted by St. Ansgar. St. Ansgar was dedicated to the poor and sick and was renown as a great preacher and miracle worker. He died in Bremen, Germany in 865, but unfortunately most of his gains for the Church were obliterated by the pagans after his death.

St. Blase:

Simple (1955 Calendar): February 3

St. Blase's feastday is also today. On the 1969 Calendar of Saints, today is the Optional Memorial of both Sts. Blase and Ansgar. On the 1955 Calendar, today is dedicated exclusively to St. Blase.Many people, including myself, go to Mass today to receive a special blessing of the throats. I have always loved this devotion after I received it one year and my sore throat was healed the next morning.

Prayer:

O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Blase, Thy Martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his heavenly birthday, may also rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

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