To be honest, I assumed that the most I would get today might be a general blessing of throats. Instead, Father did individual blessings for everyone in attendance which is the first time I have experienced that in my adult life since leaving Catholic school. The priest held two consecrated candles in a crossed position on the throat of each person and prayed:
I am incredibly grateful for the individual blessing I received and for all of the smells, bells and sacramentals of the Church. They are a consolation and a sign that God does not disregard our physical needs. He created a beautiful world with sights and sounds that all point to His beauty and power. He designed our physical bodies and knows them better than we do. Every element of our lives is important to Him and He wishes us to be filled with His love and grace, body and soul. I could have simply prayed from home for the intercession of St. Blaise but the physical blessing was a great gift. I matter to God. My throat matters. He knows of it and thinks of it. I do not know if it is His will that I be healed in body but I know that today I received special graces of healing, somehow, according to His perfect plan. May His holy will be done.