St Blaise Wikipedia 514px-Saint_Blaise_Louvre_OAR504February 3 is the feast day of St Blaise, a physician who was known for removing objects stuck in the throat.

Catholics have their throats blessed on this day to ward off ailments in that part of the body.

My post from 2013 explains more about this holy man, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a lover of animals and a philosopher. He was very popular in Europe during the Middle Ages when plague struck.

Blaise suffered a gruesome, slow death in 316 AD at the hands of a local governor in what is now Armenia. He was a martyr, refusing to renounce his Christian faith. May we follow his example.