Sunday, February 03, 2008

St. Blaise Day in Rome...

It's always nice to be in Rome on St. Blaise Day. The night before there's always a nice procession in the Vatican Basilica with the canons for Candlemas Day.

Then on St. Blaise Day it's always nice to visit the parish of San Biaggio (Saint Blaise) on the Via Giulia. This church is an Armenian rite parish in downtown Rome (with Latin rite liturgies, too).

Anways, on this day there is always an Armenian rite cleric in the rear of the church who will bless your throat with blessed oil. It's really a nice ritual an then you take a piece of blessed bread and eat it.

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