Feastday St. Blasius: February the 3rd
When did St. Blasius live: Fourth century
Biography of St. Blasius:
Little is known about the life of St. Blasius, he was appointed bishop of Sebaste in Armenia and he was beheaded at the beginning of the fourth century during the persecutions of the emperor Licinius. According to the legend St. Blasius saved a child who was chocking on a fish bone and then he also helped the mother to find their pig which had been lacerated by a wolf. When St. Blasius was arrested and brought into prison, the woman visited him and brought him a candle and the pig. In prison St. Blasius was tortured with wool combs and he died a martyr in 316 AD.
Statues and sculptures of St. Blasius - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue represents Saint Blasius dressed as a bishop and in his hand he carries the candles that were brought to him when he was in jail.
Patronage St. Blasius: Patron of doctors, of cultivators, of herdsmen, of musicians of wind instruments and of the larynx