February 3


Commemoration of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr

Green Fourth Class

   On this day, the Mass of the previous Sunday is offered, with commemorations of St. Blase after the Collect, Secret, and Postcommunion. The Gloria and Creed are not said, and the Common Preface is used.

   Alternatively, the priest may, at his option, offer the Mass 'Sacerdotes Dei' of St. Blase. He may also choose to offer a Requiem Mass or a Votive Mass.

Blessing of throats
From the 1925 Rituale Romanum.

   V. Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
   R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
   V. Dominus vobiscum.
   R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
   V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
   R. Who made heaven and earth.
   V. The Lord be with you.
   R. And with thy spirit.
   Oremus. -- Omnipotens et mitissime Deus, qui omnium mundi rerum diversitates solo Verbo creasti, et ad hominum reformationem illud idem Verbum, per quod facta sunt omnia, incarnari voluisti: qui magnus es, et immensus, terribilis atque laudabilis, ac faciens mirabilia: pro cuius fidei confessione gloriosus Martyr et Pontifex Blasius, diversorum tormentorum genera non pavescens, martyrii palmam feliciter est adeptus: quique eidem, inter ceteras gratias, hanc praerogativam contulisti, ut, quoscumque gutturis morbos tua virtute curaret; maiestatem tuam suppliciter exoramus, ut non inspectu reatus nostri, sed eius placatus meritis et precibus, hanc cerae creaturam benedicere, ac sanctificare tua venerabili pietate digneris, tuam gratiam infundendo; ut omnes, quorum colla per eam ex bona fide tacta fuerint, a quocumque gutturis morbo ipsius passionis meritis liberentur, et in Ecclesia sancta tua sani et hilares tibi gratiarum referant actiones, laudentque nomen tuum gloriosum, quod est benedictum in saecula saeculorum. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
   R. Amen.
   Let us pray. -- Almighty and most gentle God, Who didst create the multiplicity of things through Thine only Word, and didst will that same Word through Whom all things were made to take flesh for the refashioning of man; Thou, Who art great and without measure, terrible and worthy of praise, a Worker of wonders: the glorious martyr and bishop Blaise, not fearing to suffer all sorts of diverse tortures because of his profession of faith in Thee, was suited happily to bear the palm of martyrdom: and Thou didst grant to him, among other graces, the favor that he should by Thy power cure all kinds of illnesses of the throat: we humbly beg Thy Majesty not to look upon our sins, but to be pleased by his merits and prayers and to deign in Thy venerable kindness to bless and sanctify this creature of wax by the outpouring of Thy grace; that all whose necks in good faith are touched by it may be freed by the merits of his sufferings from any illness of the throat, and that healthy and strong they may offer thanks to Thee within Thy Holy Church, and praise Thy glorious name, which is blessed forever and ever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
   R. Amen.
   The priest sprinkles the people with holy water. Then people kneel before the altar, and the priest takes two candles fashioned together in the shape of a cross. Holding them under the throats of the people to be blessed, he says:
   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.
   R. Amen.
   Through the intercession of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr, may God preserve you from throat troubles, and every other possible evil. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
   R. Amen.