From a reader:
Our priest mentioned on Sunday that they will administer the traditional St. Blaise Blessing at the 8am mass today. He also noted that since many of us travel great distances and may not be able to attend, they would also administer the blessing at the masses this coming weekend. He then wondered out loud whether the blessing will have its intended effect if not administered/received on the feast day, but they would go ahead and do it anyway.
What’s the churches teaching on this? Are the graces associated with blessings tied to a feast day only good if they are administered/received on the feast day?
I don’t see why you couldn’t get the blessing later, especially if you suffer from maladies of the throat.
A blessing is a blessing, after all.
Nevertheless, there is great value in maintaining the integrity of the customs with the calendar. Without real need, we should stay within those bounds.
That said, I am fully aware that the integrity of customs and calendar has been compromised by post-Conciliar changes to feasts. For example: Do I bless chalk only on 6 January or on the Sunday to which Epiphany is transfered? Both? Either way, I know the chalk will be blessed chalk once I’m done.
Back to the blessing of throats… I like to stick to the proper day, but I wouldn’t ever refuse to do a blessing if someone requested it, especially because this is an invocative blessing rather than a constitutive blessing. That is, once I bless your throat, it is not a blessed throat in the same way the chalk is blessed chalk, or water is holy water, etc. I invoke a blessing on you, rather than make you or just part of you a blessed thing.
And I seriously doubt St Blaise will mind the extra work on one of his many days off.