Saturday, 3 February 2007

St Blaise's Day

A priest friend phoned me at home this morning and left a message on my voice mail. The message said -'Peter, I've got a cold and a bit of a sore throat and so will not be able to sing the Preface at Mass this evening - though I will be able to preach.' I naturally hope my friend will soon feel much better (until recently I had a dreadful cough) - but I thought to myself - does he realise that today is the Feast of St Blaise?!
We certainly do in the Chapel of the Resurrection, and here are two photos of me giving the blessing to our altar servers and members of the congregation.

Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may you be
preserved against diseases of the throat and from all other infections. In the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We pray for all those who are ill at this time of the year, and wish them a speedy recovery.


Fr Robin Burgess said...

I am the priest in question and did know it was St Blaise's Day! I received the blessing yesterday and my throat is a little better, but not fully recovered. Make of that what you will!

Peter Simpson said...

The good saint has clearly been inundated with requests for prayers. Your request is held in a queue and will be answered shortly!