In Europe there is a tradition of giving blessed bread to others on the feast of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr. These are shaped into breadsticks called St. Blaise Sticks or Pan bendito.
It is said that those who partake of the bread will be protected against problems with their throats. In honor of his memorial (February 3) consider serving breadsticks alongside a fish dinner, recalling the legend of St. Blaise saving the young boy from choking on a fish bone.
Breadsticks can be made with either packaged breadstick or pizza dough, or using your favorite dough recipe. You can also easily shape them into a bishop’s staff before baking for a fun and symbolic twist!
Prayer in Honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.