Let's hope we all get out alive this year! No one choked to death because the priest is intense and fervent and unaware, or because he lit the candles (yes, that happened to a priest once!).
And for your information, the blessing of St Blaise is not confined to his feast day, you can get it any time of year. Note to priests: keep the candles in an accessible place should members of the faithful seek the blessing at other times in the year.
And now some interesting contraptions and variations on the traditional crossed candles with ribbon:
She's not amused, is she?
Yum! Lent is coming.....