We know that Bishop Blaise was martyred in his episcopal city of Sebastea, Armenia, in 316.
Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to encourage the spiritual and physical health of his people. Persecution raged in Armenia. Blaise was apparently forced to flee to the back country. There he lived as a hermit in solitude and prayer, but he made friends with the wild animals. One day a group of hunters seeking wild animals for the amphitheater stumbled upon Blaise’s cave. They were first surprised and then frightened. The bishop was kneeling in prayer surrounded by patiently waiting wolves, lions and bears.
The legend has it that as the hunters hauled Blaise off to prison, a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blaise’s command the child was able to cough up the bone.
Agricolaus, governor of Cappadocia, tried to persuade Blaise to sacrifice to pagan idols. The first time Blaise refused, he was beaten, then cruelly tortured. Finally, he was beheaded.
St. Blaise is the Patron Saint of Throat Ailments.