Saturday, February 02, 2013

Tomorrow: St. Blase Day!

Are you subject to throat ailments? If you attend Catholic mass tomorrow, for no additional charge you will receive a blessing of your throat to commemorate St. Blase, the patron of throat ailments.

That was always one of the fun days for Catholic kids, as it meant more than just the boring ol' mass. And not long after St. Blase day comes Ash Wednesday and ashes rubbed on your forehead ("Remember, man, you are dust, and to dust you shall return!"). Probably you older folks remember the blessings being in Latin. I missed the Latin mass, being born in 1961.

h/t The Anchoress.

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