Feast of St. Blaise
The Feast of St. Blaise was celebrated at St. Anne’s on February 3. Appropriately for these times, the prayers to St. Blaise invoke faith in the power of prayer for healing, the importance of personal responsibility for our own health, and gratitude for the medical profession and medicines that can help us to recover from illness.
The tradition of the Blessing of the Throats would usually take place in the St. Anne’s Chapel during Mass, but during our continued quarantine, the Little Sisters brought the prayers and sentiments espoused by St. Blaise to all Residents and staff members individually. Placing the candles at the throats of the members of the St. Anne’s family, the Little Sisters recited the traditional prayer: “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
The tradition of the Blessing of the Throats was most welcomed and the one-on-one prayer time with the Sisters appreciated by all.