It’s an ancient custom of the Church to bless the sick, rooted in the ministry of Christ and his apostles. According to the Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, the annual blessing of throats is a traditional sign of the struggle against illness in the life of the Christian. The blessing is ordinarily given during Mass or a celebration of the Word of God on February 3, the memorial of St. Blaise, following Candlemas, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
BLESSING of ST BLAISE
Through the intercession of Saint Blaise,
bishop and martyr, may God deliver you
from ailments of the throat and from
every other evil.
In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen