St. Blaise, elected Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (Introit) had part in the redemption of the Saviour. “The sufferings of the Saviour abounded in him” (Epistle), and after a life of severe penance passed among wild beasts in a cave on Mount Argeus “he gave his life for Jesus” (Gospel), Having suffered the most atrocious torments under Licinius, he was beheaded in 316.

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