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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

Feast of St. Blaise: Blessing of Throats

Latin Prayers

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.

R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.

V. Dominus Vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiriti tuo.

Oremus. Omnipotens et mittissime Deus, qui onmium 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 cujus 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; majestatem tuam suppliciter exoramus, ut non inspectu reatus nostri, set ejus placatus meritis et precibus, hanc cerae creaturam bene + dicere ac santi + ficare 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 es benedictum in saecula saeculorum. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Then the priest will hold the two, unlit blessed candles crossed over our throats, intoning:

Per intercessionem S. Blasii liberet te Deus a malo gutteris et a quovis alio malo. In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

English Translation

(not for liturgical use)

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.

Let us pray.

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. Amen.

Then the priest will hold the two, unlit blessed candles crossed over our throats, intoning:

May God at the intercession of St. Blasius preserve you from throat troubles and every other evil. In the Name of the Fa + ther and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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