Although not much is known about the life of this Saint, we still celebrated his holy life in our home today. We started off by reading from Brother Wolf, Sister Sparrow: Stories About Saints and Animals by Eric Kimmel.
The passage titled Saint Blaise and the Animals shared the legend of the fish bone. It also shared the French and Germanic custom of people attending holy mass on his feast day for the Blessing of the Throat–a blessing in which two blessed candles from the Feast of Candlemas are tied together in a cross and then placed gently at the neck as the priest prays asking St. Blaise for protection against aliments.
Yesterday, as part of our Candlemas celebrations, the children took rolled coins and transformed them into candles with the help of some pretty paper and glue, just as Lacy suggested last year. They totted them along to First Friday Mass today in honor of St. Blaise and placed them in the church offering basket.
After receiving the Blessing of the Throat during Mass, we then returned home to play a little game. Multiplying by 2’s with St. Blaise with Sanctus Simplicitus’ file folder game was a fun way to get in some math fact practice! Each multiplication fact featured two crossed candles and was placed onto the correct answer with an image of the Saint himself.
My daughter was pleased with herself for being able to answer all of the facts in under a minute!
In many European and Latin countries, instead of using candles for the Blessing of the Throat, each family would bring homemade breadsticks to be blessed at Mass. Pieces of the St. Blaise’s breadsticks, or Pan Bendito, would then be broken off and eaten when a sore throat arose causing it’s effects to diminish.
Recalling this tradition, the children helped to bake some garlic breadsticks for our evening meal.
For dinner we enjoyed a simple fish meal as we remembered the legend of St. Blaise saving the young boy from choking on a fish bone. Thankfully, no one choked at the dinner table thanks to our St. Blaise breadsticks!
Happy Feast of St. Blaise!