Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr

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 CommonsEntry

During the reign of the emperor Diocletian, Saint Blase was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, and manifested a holy zeal for the purity of the faith and the sanctification of his flock. He was endowed with the gift of working miracles, and the sick had frequent recourse to him to be healed of their infirmities. In the persecution of Licinius Saint Blase suffered martyrdom, first being torn with iron hooks, and finally beheaded, in the year 316. This blessed martyr is specially invoked in diseases of the throat, having once, it is said, wrought a wonderful miracle upon the throat of a child who was brought to him in such a state of suffering as to threaten speedy death.

. . . At his control,
Despair and anguish fled the struggling soul;
Comfort came down the trembling wretch to raise.
And his last faltering accents whispered praise.
    – Oliver Goldsmith

Favorite Practice – To secure the blessing of the throat, given annually through the intercession of Saint Blase upon his festival.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 23 April 2021. <>