St Blaise who had his flesh ripped off with carding combs before he was beheaded is the patron saint of those suffering from maladies of the throat.
What fasicinated me was the number of people who stayed behind for the blessing of throats, a good 80% of the congregation. Lots of young people. The people that noticeably absented themselves, according to one of my parishioners, were the 60 pluses, or at least some of them.
I try to ensure that we use as many sacramentals as possible, people like them. That still doesn't answer why so few people go to confession but still go to communion.