Blaise was a healer of men and animals and was made Bishop of Sebaste during the persecution of Christians by Agricola. His healing of a child dying of throat disease led to the practice of the blessing of throats on his feast day.
It was said of him that the wild animals came to him to be healed but never disturbed him when he was at prayer. He was captured by Agricola's huntsmen when they discovered his cave where a number of animals were gathered waiting for attention. Blaise was tortured and martyered around 316 AD.
His patronage includes; those suffering from throat diseases, wild animals, veterinarians and as a result of the tools of his torture, wool combers and weavers.