CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sore throats, tonsillitis, colds or other throat ailments getting you down this winter? The antidote just might be joining The Rte. Rev. Mike Klusmeyer, Monday, Feb. 3 at St. John's Episcopal Church, the corner of Quarrier St. and Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, to celebrate the Feast of St. Blasius; a Holy Eucharist and Blessing of Throats.
Blaise was a doctor in Sebaste, Armenia, the city of his birth. When the bishop of Sebaste died, Blaise was chosen to succeed him. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing.
In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and Lesser Armenia, was ordered by the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians of Sebastia and arrested the bishop. As he was being led to prison, a mother set her only son, choking to death on a fish-bone, at his feet, and the child was cured.
By saving the choking child, Blaise became the patron against troubles of the throat.
The Blessing of Throats is incorporated into the Holy Eucharist and in a simple, elegant gesture. Candles are consecrated and then held in a crossed position and touched to the throat and a blessing said.A Holy Eucharist and Blessing of Throats will be held at 5 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal church, Charleston.