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St. Raphael Novena

St. Raphael Novena

St. Raphael is one of the Archangels, only three of whom are named in the Scriptures (Sts. Michael and Gabriel are the other two).

Introduction

His name means God has healed, and he appears only in the book of Tobit in the Bible. (Note that Protestants removed this book and six others from the Scriptures during the 1500s, so your Protestant friends do not believe what Catholics do about St. Raphael.)

In Tobit, St. Raphael reveals himself as the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord. He is the patron saint of travelers, the blind, and for bodily ills, and he is also invoked for finding one’s future spouse.

Some believe that he is also the angel who in John 5 touched the waters of the pool that the infirm waited beside in hopes of healing.

Daily Prayer (say each day for 9 days)

Glorious Archangel Saint Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace.

You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels.

Because you are the medicine of God, I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (mention your request here) and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Raphael, of the glorious seven who stand before the throne of Him who lives and reigns, Angel of health, the Lord has filled your hand with balm from heaven to soothe or cure our pains. Heal or cure the victim of disease, and guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

Pray the novena easily via your smart phone with daily reminders so you never forget to pray using the Pray Catholic Novena app!