Saturday, February 3, 2024


First Saturday

feast of st. blaise 

Psalm 112, Verse 1

Hallelujah! Blessed the man who FEARS the LORD, who greatly delights in his commands. 

This psalm is detailing the blessings received by those who remain close to God by obedience to the commandments. Among their blessings are children, wealth that enables them to be magnanimous, and virtue by which they encourage others. The just person is an affront to the wicked, whose hopes remain unfulfilled.[1] 

Hallelujah is a conjunction of two Hebrew words which mean “Praise the Lord”. Yes, praise God for men who have Holy fear and follow his commands for such person’s help to create a Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Hallelujah! If you know such people, follow, and emulate them.

First Saturday[2]

In December of 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia, giving her the following guaranty of salvation for those who complete the First Five Saturdays Devotion:

“I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls."


Why Five Saturdays?


The five first Saturdays correspond to the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:


1) Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception

2) Blasphemies against her virginity

3) Blasphemies against her divine maternity, at the same time the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all men

4) Instilling indifference, scorn and even hatred towards this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children

5) Direct insults against Her sacred images


How to complete the Five First Saturdays Devotion: 


On the first Saturday of five consecutive months:


1. Go to confession.

2. Receive Holy Communion.

3. Say five decades of the Rosary.

4. Keep Our Lady company for 15 minutes, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.

5. Have the intention of making reparation to Our Lady for the offenses listed above.

Feast of St. Blaise[3]

While he was in prison, the Armenian Bishop Blaise (who suffered martyrdom in the fourth century) miraculously cured a little boy choking on a fishbone lodged in his throat. Ever since then, St. Blaise has been the patron saint of throats. Saint Blaise Sticks (pan bendito) are distributed on his feast and kept in the home to be eaten for a sore throat. The most popular custom, however, is the Blessing of Throats.

Blessing of throats[4]

The rite of the blessing of throats may take place before or after Mass. The priest or deacon places the candles around the throat of whoever seeks the blessing, using the formula: "Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you free from every disease of the throat, and from every other disease. In the name of the Father and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen."

Things to Do

·         Take your children to Mass to receive the blessing of throats today.

·         Establish a home altar with the blessed candles (symbols of Saint Blaise) from the feast of the Presentation, February 2.

·         Visit this website and learn more about St. Blaise and how he saved Dubrovnik in Croatia in the 12th century. 

Feast of St. Blaise—Invoking Against Diseases of the Throat 

A physician of Sebaste in Cappodocia, where he was later named Bishop, St. Blaise was martyred about the year 320. He is venerated as a patron to protect us against diseases of the throat, mainly because of the story told that he cured a boy choking from a fishbone.

As a doctor Blaise went into every home, at all hours of the day and night, knew both the rich and poor of the neighborhood, comforted and cured and advised all. As a bishop, he did the same thing. It was said that people had to look for him in the prisons, in the caves with hermits, in the mountains and the valleys, so fast were his steps to search out and to help each member of his flock.

Blaise also had the reputation for curing sick and wounded animals, it was while he tended an animal that some of the governor's hunters found him and announced him as a Christian. This was their best catch, a bishop; and Blaise was ready, for he had been warned in prayer to prepare himself as a sacrifice. On his way to prison, Blaise greets his people along the way, says goodbye to them, evangelizes them and baptizes. As he speaks, a voice is heard on the streets:

"Stop," says a woman, "my child is dying!"

"And what is the matter with this child?"

"There is a fishbone in his throat, and it is strangling him."

Is it a physician or a bishop that is needed? Blaise does not hesitate medicine is too long, faith is shorter. He touches the elbow of the little boy, and commands the fishbone in the name of its maker:

"Go down or come out, by the law of the All-Powerful!"

The fishbone disappears and the child is returned safe and sound to his mother.

Blaise is thrown into prison, from which there is no exit except by adoration of the pagan gods. Upon his first refusal to worship, Blaise is whipped; and this achieves nothing, attempts are made to buy him off: he must keep his faith to himself, and simply appear at the official ceremonies of the state. Again, he refuses, and is tortured, beaten and thrown into prison again.

"You punish my body," says Blaise, "but there is nothing you can do to my soul. If he wished, my God could snatch my body from your hands. His will be done."

"Do you think he could save you, if I had you drowned like cat in a pond?" asked the governor. Thereupon he orders Blaise to be thrown into a nearby lake and is astonished to find the waters remain frozen like ice, unwilling to be an accomplice in the death of this holy man. In a frenzy, a soldier draws his sword, and with a single blow delivers Blaise from the hands of his tormentors into those of the living God. Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Catholic Saints, Volume 2


387. Prayer to St Blaise. 

300 Days, once a day. (See Instructions.) 387 Leo XIII, May 13, 1903. 

O GLORIOUS St Blaise, who with a short prayer didst restore to perfect safety a child at the point of death from a fishbone fixed in its throat, grant that we may all feel the power of thy patronage in every malady of the throat and may have the special grace to mortify the dangerous sense of taste by observing faithfully the precepts of the Church. Thou also, who in thy martyrdom hast left to the Church the testimony of a glorious faith, grant that we may keep this divine gift intact, and that in these times we may be enabled, by word and deed, without fear of man, to defend the truths of faith, so grievously obscured and attacked.


Catechism of the Catholic Church





2030 It is in the Church, in communion with all the baptized, that the Christian fulfills his vocation. From the Church he receives the Word of God containing the teachings of "the law of Christ." From the Church he receives the grace of the sacraments that sustains him on the "way." From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary; he discerns it in the authentic witness of those who live it; he discovers it in the spiritual tradition and long history of the saints who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral cycle.

2031 The moral life is spiritual worship. We "present (our) bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God," within the Body of Christ that we form and in communion with the offering of his Eucharist. In the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments, prayer and teaching are conjoined with the grace of Christ to enlighten and nourish Christian activity. As does the whole of the Christian life, the moral life finds its source and summit in the Eucharistic sacrifice.

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: The Pope

·         Saturday Litany of the Hours Invoking the Aid of Mother Mary

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Iceman’s 40 devotion

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary


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