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Throat Blessings on the Eve of St. Blaise

February 2 @ 6:50 pm - 7:15 pm

Participate in the annual blessing of the throats, calling on the intercession of St. Blaise against diseases and ailments. It is a longstanding tradition to use blessed candles from Candlemas placed on each side of the neck while a short blessing is given.

This custom is in remembrance of St. Blaise, a fourth century Christian physician, who became known for miraculously clearing the throat of a choking boy. By the sixth century St. Blaise’s intercession was being invoked in the east for illnesses related to the throat. By the ninth century, the saint was revered in Europe and went on to become one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages.

Stop by St. James on February 2, between 6:50 PM and 7:15 PM to receive the blessing over your throat.


February 2
6:50 pm - 7:15 pm


St. James Catholic Church
12447 Mandarin Road
Jacksonville, FL 32223 United States
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