Protection from colds and flu
By Joseph Toone
On February 3 at 5pm in the church in front of the Parroquia, you can receive a special blessing on your throat to protect you from colds and flu. The blessing of the throat is performed with two consecrated candles held in a cross and pressed to your throat in honor of Saint Blaise (Blás in Spanish, a common town name).
Saint Blaise lived in fourth-century Armenia. Once, a distraught mother whose child was choking on a fish bone, was cured by Blaise. Consequently, Saint Blaise is invoked for protection against injuries and illnesses of the throat. Saint Blaise was beheaded in 316 and February 3 is his feast day.