Blessing of the Throats

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Candles crossed in a special candelabrum used to bless throats.

The Blessing of the Throats is a ritual prescribed and authorized by the Roman Catholic Church, usually observed on the feast day of Saint Blaise (February 3). It is also observed in many parishes of the Anglican Communion on the same day, February 3, as a commemoration.

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One variation is the consecration by prayer of two candles, which are crossed and held over the heads or against the throats of the people being blessed. Another is to dip the wick of a candle in consecrated oil, and to touch the throats with the wick.[1]

The following blessing is usually given as the priest or deacon makes the sign of the cross over the recipient:

"Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

The ordinary Anglican (Episcopalian) version of this prayer is:

"Through the intercession of Blessed Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may you be delivered from all illnesses of the throat and any other ailments. + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

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