Thanks for sharing this. You are literally the only other person I have met (well, virtually anyway) who remembers the blessing of the throats ritual on St. Blaise Day!
To bring this closer to topic, I always feel for pinbones in any fish I am preparing. I keep a pair of needle nose pliers in the kitchen specifically for this purpose. I allow time for this in my prep countdown. So in a roundabout way, maybe the St. Blaise blessing did something because it keeps me vigilant about removing pinbones from fish so nobody gets one caught in their throat