St. Blaise Sterling Silver Medal
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When the persecutions intensified in Armenia, Blaise who was the Bishop of Sebastea had to hide to avoid persecution and certain martyrdom. The cave that he was hiding also housed several wild animals that he then cared for in turn for sharing their shelter. After being discovered, he was sent to trial before the governor. On his way to the trial Blaise was approached by a woman that asked for help because a wolf had stolen her pig; Blaise was said to have convinced the wolf to return the pig unharmed. That women later saved his life by bringing him food after the governor sent sentenced him to death by starvation. While imprisoned another woman rushed a son who was choking to death on a fish bone, Blaise helped to remove the bone and the boy lived. Learning that Blaise had not perished from the starvation order, the Governor of Armenia had Saint Blaise skinned alive and then beheaded.
Feast Day: February 3
Patron Saint of: throat ailments, veterinarians, wild animals