Blessing of Throats for Saint Blaise
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Blessing of Throats for Saint Blaise

By: Deacon Peter Simko

On February 11, 2020, members of the Saint Tikhon’s community gathered in the Saint Nikolai Chapel of the seminary building to participate in a brief service for the blessing of throats.  Saint Blaise the Hieromartyr of Sebaste, who is remembered by the Church for saving a young child who had a fish bone stuck in his throat, is commemorated by touching two crossed candles to the neck after they have been blessed with holy water.  The service is celebrated for the healing of any throat sickness or other ailment. In the East, Saint Blaise has been an intercessor for throat problems since the sixth century.

In attendance were seminarians, their families, faculty, staff, and even a hierodeacon from the Monastery.  The Reverend Michael Shepherd and the Reverend Silouan Burns served.

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