Saint Blaise

‘Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from all diseases of the throat and from all other harm besides.’


At the end of Mass people come up the aisle

Two candles crossed and tied with ribbon red

Laid across their shoulder blades

Touching to the throat

The blessing said and so received

The ritual is sought


Passed down from immemorial

Enfolding in its power

The blessing of a holy man

In his final hour

A fishbone in a young child’s throat

His prayer a healing brought

We seek his help this holy day

The things that prayer has wrought


Brian Fahy

3 February 2023

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