MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — RaeAnn from Kenyon asks: Why do we say “Bless You” when someone sneezes?
There has always been a theory that your heart skips a beat when you sneeze. But Dr. David Hildren of Hennepin County Medical Center says that probably doesn’t happen.READ MORE: Charges: La Crosse Man Faces Third Child Sexual Assault Case
How about theories that sneezing lets your soul escape from your body or allows in evil spirits? Those superstitions have been around for years.READ MORE: BCA En Route To Scene Of Officer-Involved Shooting In Brooklyn Center
But it turns out we say “Bless You” because that is what Pope Gregory the Great said it in 590, when Europe was in the throes of the Black Death.MORE NEWS: 6 Hospitalized For CO Poisoning In St. Paul
He ordered anyone who sneezed to be blessed because that was the first sign of the illness.