And, of course, there was the blessing of throats! More than six hundred of them, keeping St. Blaise very busy with his heavenly intercession. Every year on this day I love to see the really young ones coming to the rail for their blessing. Because they're accustomed to staying in their places every other day at the time of Holy Communion, there's a combination of excitement and hesitation on their little faces as they come forward. But it's a blessing they want, and most of them make sure they keep their heads up so those St. Blaise candles can hit the mark!
"By the intercession of Saint Blaise be healed of all ailments of the throat, and all other ailments, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."