ACI Prensa Staff, Feb 3, 2024 / 04:00 am
Every year on Feb. 3, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Blaise. Since he is the patron saint of those who suffer from throat ailments (and the doctors who treat them), many parishes around the world offer the “blessing of throats” in his honor.
A bishop and eventual martyr, Blaise of Sebaste began his spiritual journey as a hermit. He was a physician and known to be a miracle worker. He practiced the medicine of his time and is included in the group of the “14 holy helpers” of the Catholic Church — called that because they are considered effective intercessors against certain ailments of the body and soul.
St. Blaise is the patron saint of the Republic of Paraguay and his devotion is widespread in Latin America, where he is not only beloved but also has given rise to countless popular traditions.