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A Prayer to Saint Blaise

That We May Defend the Faith

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In this prayer to Saint Blaise, we ask for the grace to preserve our faith and to defend the truth of Christianity from attack. Saint Blaise (sometimes spelled Blase) is best known today as the patron saint of those with throat troubles, because he once cured a child who was choking on a fish bone. That is why Catholics celebrate his feast day (February 3) by having priests bless their throats. A fourth-century bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, Saint Blaise suffered martyrdom for his faithfulness to Christ.

A Prayer to Saint Blaise

O glorious Saint Blaise, who by thy martyrdom didst leave to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain of us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. Thou who didst miraculously restore a little child when it was at the point of death by reason of an affliction of the throat, grant us thy mighty protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.

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