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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Blessing of the Throats

"Per intercessionem Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris, liberet te Deus a malo gutturis,
 et a quolibet alio malo. In nomine Patris, et Filii +, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen."
Yesterday evening, in addition to the First Friday Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr George Grynowski kindly gave the Blessing of the Throats. This is usually a blessing reserved to 3rd February for the commemoration of St Blase. Here is an extract of the blessing, although the first part was done in the sacristy before Mass:
Sacred Heart Chapel
O God most powerful and most kind, Who didst create all the different things in the world by the Word alone, and Whose will it was that this Word by Which all things were made should become incarnate for the remaking of mankind; Thou Who art great and limitless, worthy of reverence and praise, the worker of wonders; for Whose sake the glorious Martyr and Bishop, St. Blaise, joyfully gained the palm of martyrdom, never shrinking from any kind of torture in confessing his faith in Thee; Thou Who didst give to him, amongst other gifts, the prerogative of curing by Thy power every ailment of men’s throats; humbly we beg Thee in Thy majesty not to look upon our guilt, but, pleased by his merits and prayers, in Thine awe-inspiring kindness, to bless+this wax created by Thee and to sanc+tify it, pouring into it Thy grace; so that all who in good faith shall have their throats touched by this wax may be freed from every ailment of their throats through the merit of his suffering, and, in good health and spirits, may give thanks to Thee in Thy holy Church and praise Thy glorious name, which is blessed for ever and ever. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee lives and reigns, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
A translation of the Blessing used on the throats is ; "Through the intercession of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from sickness of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." I'm sure it's a blessing always welcome at this time of year!

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