BLASE, BISHOP AND MARTYR
Blase (d. ca. 316), also Blaise, was an early bishop of Sebaste in Armenia who was martyred under the emperor Licinius. Little or nothing is reliably known of his life. One legend that has him saving the life of a boy with a fish bone caught in his throat is the origin of the custom of blessing throats on his feast day. He is also patron saint of veterinarians. His feast is still on the General Roman Calendar, although in the 1969 revision it was demoted from a memorial to an optional memorial.