A Garner of Saints – Saint Blaise

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Blaise, date unknown, artist unknown; Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lhor, Moselle, France; photographed on 24 June 2012 by Pethrus; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Italian: Biagio) Bishop of Sebaste, in Cappadocia. At the time of his election a persecution was raging and he took refuge in a cave and led a hermit’s life. The birds brought him food and a great number of beasts gathered there, and would not leave him until they had received his blessing. The sick also gathered there, and went away whole. The huntsmen of Agricolaus the prefect went to the mountain and found the beasts gathered there but could not hurt one of them. When the prefect heard of this he gave orders that Blaise should be taken. The same night Christ appeared to the saint and told him that he must suffer martyrdom. Arrested by the soldiers he was taken before the judge, and on the way healed many sick, and cured a boy in whose throat a fish’s bone had stuck, on being requested to do so by the boy’s mother. Refusing to sacrifice, Blaise was beaten with rods and sent back to prison. Here a poor widow came to him saying that a wolf had stolen her only pig, but when the saint prayed for her the wolf brought the pig back. The widow killed the pig and brought it to Blaise to eat, with some bread and a candle. After some days he was again brought before the governor, who ordered his flesh to be torn with iron combs and sent him back to prison. There seven women dried the blood, but they were seized and asked to sacrifice to the gods. Two sons of one of the women were shut up in the same prison with Blaise and he taught them the faith of Christ. Brought out again, a stone was tied round his neck and he was thrown into a lake, but he stood on the water as if it had been dry ground. Sixty soldiers sent to take him were drowned, but he came safely to land. At length he was beheaded together with the two boys. He perished about the year 316. He is the patron saint of wool combers and wool staplers. 3rd May.

Attribute

  • Comb or rake of iron; bishop’s habit.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Blaise”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 April 2017. Web. 24 November 2017. <>