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Friday, February 3, 2006
Blessing of the Throats

With today being the Feast of St. Blase, it's time to get your throat blessed!

For centuries, it has been a tradition for Catholics to have their throats blessed on the Feast of St. Blase, the patron saint against throat ailments. The priest takes two unlit candles and crosses them. He places one on one side of the parishioner's neck and one on the other. And, the priest says this prayer:
By the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every malady of the throat, and from every possible mishap; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

Source: 1962 Rituale Romanum

It's a lovely tradition with St. Blaise, who healed a boy with a fish bone stuck in his throat. St. Blase is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Also, the priest will pray over and bless the candles prior to using them for this blessing (at least in the Traditional Roman Catholic Faith).  The blessing he will use is thus:

on the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

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.


del_button February 3, 2006 at 2:11 PM
Anonymous said...

Should I go to the church near my house today, which I've never been to before?

del_button February 3, 2006 at 2:19 PM
Moneybags said...

I would. The Churches near me already did the Blessing of the Throats at 8 AM so I can't be my throat blessed tonight.

But, there is a parish near me that will be blessing people's throats this Sunday. Some parishes do this for people that couldn't make the first blessing.

So, yes, please go to church if you can.

God Bless

del_button February 3, 2006 at 3:09 PM
Aaron said...

If you had Jesus, you wouldn't need to get your throat blessed cuz he took away all your sins, even the ones in your throat.

del_button February 3, 2006 at 3:32 PM
Aaron said...

i apologize for the last comment i made, although it is true, i could have conducted myself in a better way using God's Word, i shall do so in the future

del_button February 3, 2006 at 3:35 PM
Juparis said...

No need for apologies here; these are the Catholics. Don't expect to be forgiven unless you give them a small bribe--er, "offering"--first...

And how does a self-proclaimed blessing help you in any way to spread God's true and intended Word? It simply doesn't make sense...

del_button February 3, 2006 at 3:46 PM
Moneybags said...


What are you saying? That Christians shouldn't get blessings? That his "true" followers are healed?

Look around. The Church is Jesus Christ's Church. This blessing is made for God's blessing to come upon us. There is nothing wrong with this. Your claim is absurd that if we had Jesus we wouldn't need a blessing. Are you saying His followers are never ill?

Thank you for the apology.

And, Heaven Forbid, no "offering" is required. How rude...

del_button February 3, 2006 at 3:54 PM
Juparis said...

I apologize for my offering remark. The last time I entered a Catholic Church, a small "offering" was collected--and this, not of free will. Additional offerings were expected if I wanted to pray for ill family, so I had to leave..

Jesus' follower's are indeed in need of his help, but they can be easily redeemed through prayer and repentence. Do you have any references for this necessary blessing? I'm curious to hear more...

del_button February 3, 2006 at 4:10 PM
Moneybags said...


Thank you for your reply. Your remark did hurt, but I forgive you for it. Let me please comment now on what you said.

You: "The last time I entered a Catholic Church, a small "offering" was collected--and this, not of free will. Additional offerings were expected if I wanted to pray for ill family, so I had to leave.."

Me: That is horrible. When did this happen? I assure you that is not the case anymore. There is one collection during Mass in which people give whatever they can. You are not expected to give additional offerings to pray for ill family. How horrible. I hope that you don't think all parishes are like that.

You: "Jesus' follower's are indeed in need of his help, but they can be easily redeemed through prayer and repentence. Do you have any references for this necessary blessing? I'm curious to hear more..."

It's actually not a necessary blessing. It's just something I enjoy and something the Church does. You are not required to bless your throat but I know firsthand that it does help. This simple blessing can be performed by a priest, deacon, or simple a laymen.

You are right that we can grow closer to God through prayer and repentance. That is why I post prayers and blessings on my blog so that others might pray them and grow closer to Christ.

If you would like more information on this blessing, please see this site:

Again, thanks for this conversation. May our conversation lead to a greater mutual respect.

In Christ!

del_button February 3, 2006 at 4:42 PM
Anonymous said...

AAron and Heavenforbid are terribly misinformed!

del_button February 4, 2006 at 11:24 PM
Juparis said...

I would like to further apologize for my previous comments, and to thank you for forgiving me.

The Church (though I do not recall the name) was located in New York [state] somewhere, and this was a few years ago. I'm sure (or at least hopeful) that the offerings have changed. Upon second thought, however, it occurred that my initial mood may have altered my memory of the occasion.

I appreciate the link--I shall look further into these blessings before posting rash comments. Although, if you don't mind, I shall continue to view/comment on many of your prayers or articles. I find many to be quite intriguing, not being formally knowledgable with Catholicism

del_button February 5, 2006 at 6:57 AM
Moneybags said...

I'd love for you to comment, Heaven. Please do so. I hope that I am of service to help you understand Catholicism more.

God be with you

del_button March 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Anonymous said...

I had one of these a month ago. A lot of help it was... I got strep throat twice within two weeks of each other. It may be a nice thing to do but it in no way helps your throat

del_button February 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM
Anonymous said...

Why don't people believe that "the church" should be supported with gratitude. I would rather donate whatever I am able as the Lord lives and help monetarily the Lord with His promises. All the opposition cannot be good for the soul. In fact opposition drives you further away from the God that created us and robs some of faith. That is why it is considered a sickness "oppositional". It cannot be good for you. Faith without support is faith without love. If you personally go into the streets and a get a homeless person into a soup kitchen or make him lunch that is soooo different than all the accusations and bad experiences harbored in your heart and soul. If I can help in any way to do that then so be it...more power to the almighty God that loves

del_button February 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Anonymous said...

May anyone recieve this blessing? or do you have to be a Catholic?

del_button February 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Matthew said...

All people may receive a blessing

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