Saints and Theology of the Heart - St. Raphael the Archangel

Feast together with the Archangels Michael and Gabriel
on September 29

Raphael: "he who cures or heals"
He is the archangel closest to man to alleviate their pain and suffering.
He is one of the three archangel whose name appears in the Bible (Tobit 12: 6, 15). The others are St. Michael and St. Gabriel.

St. Raphael is represented in pilgrim or wayfarer's attire with a walking stick or staff, and the fish with which he obtained the cure of Tobias' father.

Prayer to Saint Raphael the Archangel

O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy.

Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our country.

Remember the weak, you who are strong--you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene, and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.

Prayer to St. Raphael for Healing

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