|Note the wool-carding comb in his right hand!|
St. Blaise is also the patron of wool workers/combers.
Why, you ask?
Well it seems that during the reign of Emperor Licinius, there was a cruel and violent persecution of all Christians ... Bishop Blaise (in Sebaste, Armenia) was arrested, thrown in jail and after being sentenced to die, was tortured by being "combed" by metal wool combs. After this particularly gruesome torture, St. Blaise was beheaded.
So if you go to get your throats blessed today, remember to wear wool in the good saint's honor!
St. Blaise, you kept the faith even under horrible tortures, even unto death ... may I be as steadfast in always defending my faith.
St. Blaise, patron of throat disorders and wool carders, pray for us!