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Saint Blaise was virtuous from his youth, studied philosophy and medicine, and was later chosen as the Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia. He lived in the time of the last great persecution of Christians under the Roman Emperor Licinius (from a.d. 308 to 324). When Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and Lesser Armenia came to Sebaste in a.d. 316, he arrested many Christians, including Saint Blaise, who was steadfast in his confession of Christ.
Saint Blaise was known for his mercy, and healed many by his prayers. Saint Blaise had lived for awhile in a cave and became close to the wild animals, who could understand his elevated state and even obey him. Once a wolf had captured a pig, but the saint spoke to the wolf, and he let the pig go unharmed. When a young boy who was choking on a fish bone was brought before the saint, he was immediately cured. When Saint Blaise came to his time of martyrdom, he was mercilessly tortured, beaten, and his body was raked with metal combs by his torturers. He gave up his spirit to Christ as a bright martyr in a.d. 316. Saint Blaise is known to help those with throat problems and was adopted by the wool trade.
|Church Feast Day 1
20th c. (Late)
Monk Michael of Athos