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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Not the picture but the text; the text is how we did the Blessing of Throats today in my parish
Today is when Catholics traditionally have our throats blessed. But this year, it may be a different experience.
The protocols are based on materials received from the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Regarding the feast of St. Blaise on Feb. 3, the USCCB referred to the Book of Blessings, which says a priest or deacon may give the blessing of throats “to all assembled by extending hands, without the crossed candles, over the people while saying the prayer of blessing.”
“The current circumstances would certainly be considered a sufficient pastoral reason to avoid administration of the blessing to individuals in the usual manner, should there be any concern of danger due to the ongoing pandemic,” the USCCB said.