The Presentation of the Lord is celebrated on Thursday, February 2nd. During our daily Masses at 7:30 AM, a Candlemas Blessing of Candles will be incorporated into the Masses. These blessed Candles will be available for parishioners to take home immediately following the Mass. Remaining blessed candles will be available in church during the day and at the 5:30 PM Mass. You can never have enough blessings and blessed items in your possession.
Saint Blaise Throat Blessing
In honor of Saint Blaise Feast Day, we will offer blessing of the throats on Friday, February 3rd following the 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM Daily Masses. In addition, a lunch time throat blessing will be offered from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in Church. We remember the faith of Saint Blaise each year and pray for blessings upon those who suffer from throat ailments. Moreover, always remember this blessing is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick, and for those who need our prayers.
St. Blaise Memorial
You may be familiar with the annual “blessing of throats” that many parishes in the United States use to commemorate the beloved bishop and martyr. St. Blaise lived in the fourth century in Turkey and Armenia. Due to religious persecution, he was forced to flee and hide in a cave in the back country in order to save his life. History has it that one day a group of hunters stumbled upon where St. Blaise was living. They found the bishop kneeling in prayer, surrounded by wolves, lions, and bears
that he had tamed. The legend has it that as the hunters dragged Blaise off to prison, a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blaise’s command, the child was able to cough up the bone and thus lived. On February 3 we remember the saint on his feast day by taking two candles, crossing them against the throat, and saying the following prayer: Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.