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St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr and St. Ansgar, Bishop
February 3rd marks the optional memorial of two great saints.
St. Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste and holy martyr, was a Christian of the 4th century living in modern day Armenia. He is venerated as one of the 14 Holy Martyrs of the Church and was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. St. Blaise was a perceptive physician known for his skill with throat ailments, caring for animals, and using his Oriental training for the good health of all he encountered. **
Also, today we remember St. Ansgar, champion of Sweden and Denmark as well as the first Archbishop to Hamburg. A devoted Benedictine, this pious monk was active in social reforms including mitigating the slave trade, opening schools and hospitals, ransoming captives, and negotiating with secular leaders of his day. He is lovingly remembered as the “Apostle to the North.” **
Written by Sarah Ciotti
**The Catholic Encyclopedia. New Advent ed. New York: The Encyclopedia Press, Inc., 1914.
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