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     St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats
     
         The Gospel presents us with the healing ministry of Jesus.  Unfortunately, He is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth.  When it comes to healing, it appears that at times the conditions need to be right.  Oftentimes, faith in the Person of Jesus or an openness to that faith are pre-conditions for healing.  Hopefully, we have that faith or openness to that faith today.  The healing ministry of Our Savior continues today in a variety of ways.
         The Sacrament of Baptism introduces you into a company of friends who will never abandon you in life and death.  This company of friends is the family of God which carries within itself the promise of eternity.
         In addition to being connected to the people whom we see and the people in churches like this one throughout the world, we have friends whom we do not see.  Angels and Saints who pray not only for our salvation but also to help us with our various needs.  Among our needs is the need to be healed.
         We celebrate the Traditional Blessing of the throats through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr.  One of our heavenly friends is St. Blaise.  We ask St. Blaise to protect people from all ailments of the throat and to deliver us from every other illness.  God chooses at times to heal us through the intercessory prayer of the saints.
         Picture this story that happened 1600 years ago.  A distraught mother rushes up to St. Blaise who is a Bishop from Armenia, present day Turkey.  He will shortly die as a martyr.  The young mother begs the saintly Bishop to save the life of her child.  The young son is choking to death on a fish bone.  He cannot breathe properly.  His face and lips are turning blue.
         The Bishop goes to the boy and prays.  Miraculously, the fishbone is dislodged and the boy begins to breathe normally.  Jesus heals the boy through the intercessory prayer of St. Blaise.
         This is the brief account behind the custom of blessing peoples’ throats.  The priest or minister says the words “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other illness, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”  After the candles are removed from your throat, you are invited to make the Sign of the Cross and say, Amen.
         The blessed candles are tied together with a red ribbon.  The candles are not lit, but they represent the Light of Christ which we received at Baptism.  The ribbon that binds them is red because St. Blaise died as a martyr.  Everyone can receive this blessing.  You do not have to be a Catholic or in the state of grace.
     
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       May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially Mildred Aiello,
    Mary Adams, Agnes Bartoszek,
    Greg Basco,  Gloria Benitez, Gwen Beres,           Bill Bican, Joyce Bican, Diyamol Binu,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Connors,
    Corrine Dawe, Dolores Dobransky,
    Jose Dybzinski, Stan Frankel, Kristin Hill,   Gertrude Kocab, Lucy Konkoly,
    Madeline Koston, Judy Landolph,
    Pat Lubrano, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,     Marilyn O’Meara, Jeannette Morrow,
    Dan Palmentera, Suzanne Patton,
    Rita Petkoff, John Pocius, Betty Rhine,         Brianna Rhine, Laurel Salupo,
    Noreen Spehar, Elaine Stack,
    Janice Tommer, Dana Trzaska,
    Mary Ann Vitt, Ron Walk & Barb Witovicz.
     
         May Our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven.
     
         For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.