They say he was once a doctor
In time, he came to be a bishop.
This doctor-turned-bishop, however, was still a healer. They said that he once even miraculously cured a boy who was choking to death.
But the bishop cared little for his own neck.
Blaise, Bishop of the Armenian town of Sebaste (in modern-day Turkey), was martyred near the beginning of the 4th century.
He is remembered every year on this day by the blessing of throats.
(from a previous post)