(c.316) Martyr, Bishop of Sebaste, died Sebaste, Armenia. According to legend, he was a physician at Sebaste, where he later became bishop. He was cast into prison by the pagans in the persecution of Licinius. He performed a wonderful cure on the throat of a child, who was choking from a fishbone he had swallowed, and, consequently, is invoked against throat troubles. He is honored as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. In many places on his feast day the faithful receive the blessing of Saint Blaise, given by holding two candles against the throat in the form of Saint Andrew’s cross. Emblems: a wax taper, and iron comb. Feast, 3 February.