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Feast of Saint Blase. My church bulletin at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception refers to him as St. Blasé. After noon Mass at Holy Cross Church across the street from the New York State Office Building Campus where I work, I joined the line of people having their throats blessed by Father Daniel J. Maher.
St. Blaise happens to be the patron saint of the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia where he known as Sveti Vlaho. He supposedly lived in around the 3rd century so the latin form of the name is probably what he answered to.
—Letter from Donald Martinich, 2 February 1998