St. Raphael the Archangel name, means the “God heals” or the “God who heals.” He is one of the seven Archangels mentioned in the book of Tobit.
“I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand in the glorious presence of the Lord, ready to serve him.” (Tobit 12:15)
Only Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael were the only Archangels mentioned by their name in the bible.
St. Raphael disguised himself as a human in the Book of Tobit, bearing the name “Azarias (Yahweh helps) the son of the great Ananias.” Raphael traveled alongside Tobiah, Tobit's son, where he revealed to him his mission after they returned from their journey.
He declared that he was sent by the Lord to help Tobit heal his blindness and to keep his wife Sara (his to-be future wife) from the demon Asmodeus. The demon Asmodeus was responsible for the death of the seven-man Sara married on the night of the wedding before the marriage was consummated.
With Raphael's intervention and guidance, Tobit was able to safely enter the marriage with Sara. The restoration of Tobit's eyesight, allowing him to see the light of heaven and driving the evil spirit away from Sara, was all honored in the name of St. Raphael the Archangel.
St. Raphael was also mentioned in the First Book of Enoch, stating that Raphael is the “Angel of the Spirits of Men.” It is his purpose to “heal the earth which the angels (fallen angels) have defiled,” where his biblical story claims that his identity as a “healer” came about.
Because of St. Raphael's mission as a healer and a traveler, he is often invoked for journeys, matchmaking, or any physical health relations.
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St. Raphael Prayer for Singles
If you remember mentioned above, St. Raphael made Tobit and Sara's relationship and marriage possible even when there was an evil spirit intervening in Sara's past relationships.
So, praying for a future spouse or a wise choice of partner, the Catholic faith gives you a great intercessor—St. Raphael!
You can pray these prayers whether you are single in the friendship stage with your desired partner or in a discerning courtship. It is also best to pray through the intercession of St. Raphael when you've discerned marriage.
Have confidence and open your heart for guidance and assistance for your future partner or spouse. All the best!
O Glorious St. Raphael, Patron and Lover of the Young, I call upon thee and plead with thee for thy help. In all confidence I open my heart to thee, to beg thy guidance and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Obtain for me through thy intercession the light of God’s grace, so that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. O Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand to find each other. May all our movements be guided by thy light and transfigured by thy joy. As thou didst lead the young Tobias to Sara and opened up for him a new life of happiness with her in holy marriage, lead me to such a one whom in thine angelic wisdom thou dost judge best suited to be united with me in marriage.
St. Raphael, loving patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in life that person whose character will reflect the traits of Jesus and Mary. May he(she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.
St. Raphael, Angel of chaste courtship, bless our friendship and our love, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely that our future home may ever be most like the home of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Offer thy prayers to God for both of us and obtain the blessing of God upon our marriage, as thou wert the herald of blessing for the marriage of Tobias and Sara.
St. Raphael, friend of the young, be thou my friend, for I shall always be thine. I desire to ever invoke thee in my needs. To thy special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife (husband). Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God’s Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life and attain eternal joy in the next.
Prayer to St. Raphael for Protection
St. Raphael is recognized as a traveler, where in the book of Tobias mentioned that he was a faithful companion to Tobiah in his adventurous journey. Therefore, he is not only a healer but also a Patron Saint of travelers.
Like praying to Saint Barbara, intercede St. Raphael to your prayers for protection during traveling.
Saint Raphael, the Archangel,
you were the faithful companion to young Tobiah
on his journey from Syria to Media, rescuing him
from many dangers, even the danger of death in the river.
Be a safe guide and an angel of consolation
to those we love traveling to foreign lands.
Keep far from them all dangers of body and soul,
and lead them safely to their destination.
Lord God, grant us the help of Saint Raphael,
who enters and serves
before your glory and offers you our petitions.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Archangel Raphael Healing Prayer for Others
Like praying to St. Benedict for protection against diseases, St. Raphael brings about the healing of Tobit's eyes, and he was recognized in thousands of traditions as a healer. Moreover, it is said that St. Raphael is a very friendly Archangel, and his delight brings health and happiness wherever he goes.
Glorious Archangel St. 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 here your special intention]
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and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Prayer to St. Raphael for Healing Novena
Novena Begins: September 20
Feast Day: September 29
[pray this novena for nine consecutive days]
℣. O God, come to our assistance;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Let us pray:
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. We beg you, assist us in all our 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, we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our soul and the ills that afflict our bodies. We especially ask of you the favor
[mention your request here]
and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us, Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Saint Raphael, pray for us.
St. Raphael, filled with the mercy of God, pray for us.
St. Raphael, perfect adorer of the Divine Word, pray for us.
St. Raphael, terror of demons, pray for us.
St. Raphael, exterminator of vices, pray for us.
St. Raphael, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Raphael, our refuge in all our trials, pray for us.
St. Raphael, guide of travelers, pray for us.
St. Raphael, consoler of prisoners, pray for us.
St. Raphael, joy of the sorrowful, pray for us.
St. Raphael, filled with zeal for the salvation of souls, pray for us.
St. Raphael, whose name means: Medicine of God, pray for us.
St. Raphael, lover of chastity, pray for us.
St. Raphael, scourge of demons, pray for us.
St. Raphael, in pest, famine and war, pray for us.
St. Raphael, Angel of peace and prosperity, pray for us.
St. Raphael, endowed with the grace of healing, pray for us.
St. Raphael, sure guide in the paths of virtue and sanctification, pray for us.
St. Raphael, help of all those who implore thy assistance, pray for us.
St. Raphael, who wert the guide and consolation of Tobias on his journey, pray for us.
St. Raphael, whom the Scriptures thus praise: “Raphael, the holy Angel of the Lord was sent to
cure,” pray for us.
St. Raphael, our advocate, pray for us.
℣. Pray for us, St. Raphael, to the Lord our God.
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
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. Amen.