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Sveti Vlaho – Saint Blasius

Statue of Saint Blaise in Dubrovnik

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๐’๐•๐„๐“๐ˆ ๐•๐‹๐€๐‡๐Ž (๐’๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž)

also known as Sanctus Blasius in Latin, was a highly respected doctor and bishop in ancient Sebaste. He dedicated his life to helping the poor and sick and was martyred for his faith during the persecution of the Roman emperor Licinius in 316.

In addition to his historical significance, Saint Blaise holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The city of Dubrovnik has a strong devotion to Saint Blaise, who is considered the patron saint and protector of the city. ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐ง ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ‘๐ซ๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ง๐ข๐ค with great enthusiasm and reverence.
St. Vlaho has been celebrated ever since he appeared in a dream warning the priests of the Dubrovnik parish about the danger from Venice, and they prepared a defense.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐…๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ฏ. ๐•๐‹๐€๐‡๐Ž (๐’๐ญ. ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž) ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ง๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ. ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐Š๐š๐ง๐๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐จ๐ง ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ‘:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐ฉ.๐ฆ.

The opening ceremony includes various traditional rituals, such as the reading of the Laus, a heartfelt address by the bishop, and the reading of congratulatory messages from those who have gathered for the festivities and good wishes from around the world sent from Dubrovnik sailors and people from Dubrovnik who live abroad. Additionally, children and girls dressed in beautiful traditional costumes bring food to be blessed, while doves are released and the flag of St. Blaise is raised on Orlando’s column, accompanied by the enchanting hymn of St. Blaise, “ฤŒuj sveti Vlaho naลก”. The city port echoes with the shots of trombone guns.

๐Ž๐ง ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ‘๐ซ๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ. ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ” ๐š.๐ฆ., ๐š๐œ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐›๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ.

The first mass begins at 7 a.m. at the Church of St. Blaise. Throughout the day, the priests at the Church of St. Blaise are offering a blessing with intertwined candles. This ritual is called “Grliฤanje”. This ritual is believed to protect against throat diseases, as St. Blaise is considered a saint in this regard.
The flag of St. Blaise then proceeds towards the Gate of Ploฤe, where it warmly welcomes parish flags from the eastern part of the county. Together, they continue their procession towards the Gate of Pile, where bannermen from the western part of the county join them. After paying homage to the City, the entire procession moves along the Stradun towards the Church of St. Blaise, bowing to the City and to the cathedral, where the solemn mass will soon begin.

At 10 a.m., on the feast day of St. Blaise, a grand and solemn Eucharistic celebration takes place in front of the majestic cathedral.

After the mass, there is a procession with banners and the relics of the saints, which are offered to the faithful for worship.
At 3:30 p.m., flags are unfurled in front of the cathedral to welcome the bishops who arrived at the Fest.
As the evening was falling, accompanied by the sounds of the bells, the bannermen bid farewell to the city, concluding the enchanting celebration of the Feast of Sv.Vlaho (St. Blaise).
The Feast of St. Blaise has been a cherished tradition for over 1000 years, and its celebration has persisted through challenging times, including the Homeland War and the COVID-19 pandemic.



Join all people from Dubrovnik celebrating the Feast of St. Blaise! Experience the vibrant traditions, cultural performances, and solemn procession honoring the patron saint of the city.