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The Blessing

Please don't be offended but my story is absolute truth,I went to Catholic school even though I was raised Protestant it was my folks way of trying to save us from the evils of regular school,I don't know.

The funny thing was ,it was lunchtime.  Every child in line with their class  .The line however this day made a detour straight to Father Bagun who held two candles forming a scissor  type cross. Word came back through the line it was the day throats were blessed so you wouldn't die from choking. Now since I was Protestant I never had to participate in any ritual or service of the church,but this blessing thing sounded like a good idea to me. It looked easy enough, the priest just put the candles by your neck said a couple words and you'd never die from choking. This was one thing I really wanted to take part in.

Standing in line the kids started talking of miracles where people found things in their food that should have killed them but they never  choked thanks to the Holy Blessing. I was so excited,To never have to worry about choking,that completely eliminates drowning,dying from chicken bones in your food-oh and those little bones my Mom always left in the canned salmon that I was sure would get me someday .

Then it happened. The sound made everyone immediately silent and you know in school thats next to impossible. Breaking the silence, the sound of a Nun, coughing and standing up from her seat in the lunchroom. Then she stopped coughing but kept pointing to her throat .She had just had her throat blessed so I figured she was just showing everyone how her coughing had been stopped,another almost choking miracle.  Just as we were going to start talking about that one,Father Begun dropped the candles on the floor and they broke!He went over to the nun and from behind squeezed her hard (which now I know was the Heimlich maneuver but then it just looked like a squeeze),a hunk of food came flying like a missile out of her mouth and she breathed real loud and started crying and hugging Father.  

She had almost choked to death!

Minutes after having her throat blessed!

Kids started talking miracle again, but I couldn't get out of line fast enough,

When was I ever going to have a Catholic priest around to squeeze me?I 

34Einnor 34Einnor 70+ 12 Responses Feb 9, 2010

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Maybe Sister Mary Breathless forgot to go to confession that morning ...

Thanks everyone it's the absolute truth I think thats why it's so funny.I'm glad my friends can enjoy this with me:)

Love your story is halarious...I was catholic..because I am Mexican...ha ha ..had no choice..Mom says I hated priest from birth..People that attended my Christening ..say I beat the crap out the priest...and I failed...cathesism ..like 7 times until I was banned....it wasn't meant for me to be a catholic...lol...

Great Story! Amen!<br />
Gee, I thought you were going to say your hair caught fire from the two candles!<br />
Paco35:)

That was a great story!! Thanks.

This made me laugh!<br />
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Great story thanks for sharing.

I went to Catholic school too and I remember that ritual. Maybe blessings are like vaccines-they take 2 weeks to kick in-Lol!!!

Yes that sounds about right. I did used to go to a catholic school and they did all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

I don't find it offending. In fact, i find it quite funny

She speaks of the feast of St. Blaise. http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2009/02/feast-of-st-blaise-and-blessing-of.html <br />
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I graduated from 8th grade in 1976 and it was going strong when I was there. My high school never did it.<br />
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Do you get your animals blessed for St. Francis?

This is one of the strangest stories I have ever heard about Catholic school. It seems a little... archaic (is that the word I'm looking for?). I went to a Catholic school off & on for several years, including high school & we never had days like this. The most we had was Lent, which i now know is not strictly a Catholic practice.

and you've survived to at least age 46 without a blessed throat?