Feast of St. Blaise and The Blessing of the Throat

St. Blaise, the bishop and martyr who died in 316 A.D., has been honored on February 3rd for many centuries. The prevalent tradition is that he was a physician before he was ordained and saved a young boy from choking to death on a fish bone. Because of this, St. Blaise is the patron saint invoked against ailments of the throat.