Daybreak for February 3, 2024

  • Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
  • Optional Memorial of St. Blaise; Fourth Century bishop of Sebastea, in Armenia; persecution raged in Armenia, and Blaise was forced to flee to the back country, where he lived as a hermit, and made friends with the wild animals; a group of hunters stumbled upon his cave, and found him kneeling in prayer surrounded by patiently waiting wolves, lions and bears; as they hauled him 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–thus, the blessing of throats on this day; Blaise was eventually beheaded
  • Office of Readings and Morning Prayer for 2/3/24
  • Gospel: Mark 6:30-34