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ON FEAST OF SAINT BLAIZE, CANDLEMAS, HAVE YOUR THROAT BLESSED BY A
PRIEST USING CROSSED CANDLES TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SORE THROATS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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THROATS

IF YOU WANT TO HAVE NO THROAT TROUBLE FOR THE COMING YEAR YOU HAVE
TO GO TO CHURCH ON ST. BLAZE DAY AND HAVE YOUR THROAT BLESSED.
ST. BLAZE IS THE PATRON SAINT OF THROATS. ST. BLAZE DAY IS
FEBRUARY 3RD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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A CUSTOM IN JANOWIEC, POLAND

ON THE FEAST OF ST. BLAISE, IT WAS A CUSTOM TO BLESS APPLES IN
JANOWIEC, POLAND.
SINCE ST. BLAISE WAS THE SAINT WHO WOULD GUARD THROATS, THESE
APPLES WOULD BE EATEN WHENEVER ONE'S THROAT WAS SORE, TO CURE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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BLESSING OF THE THROAT

A YOUNG CHILD CAME UP TO ST. BLAZE WITH A FISH BONE IN HIS THROAT.
SO ST. BLAZE PRAUED OVER HIM AND THE BONE WENT AWAY. HE BLESSED
THROATS ON HIS FEAST DAY. SOON IT BECAME A FEAST THROUGHOUT THE
CHURCH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT AMBROSE RECTORY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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