Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Novena to St. Raphael

Let’s talk favorites. My favorite archangel is the multi-tasker, St. Raphael. If you’ve read the Book of Tobit, you’ll understand his role as patron of travellers, good marriages, and healing.  I credit St. Raphael’s intercession for helping me migrate to another country and finding me a spouse to a good marriage.  On our way back from our honeymoon, my husband and I impulsively stopped at a Mission Church where a ten foot statue of St. Raphael all but winked at me.   He's stayed by my side throughout our marriage, healing our family of all sorts of illnesses.   St. Raphael, I mean.  (St. Dennis has stayed by my side too but his healing prowess extends to  broken cars,  plugged drainage and other gadgets.)
Today, the 20th, I begin a novena to the archangel for a near-impossible intention that would make the miraculous parting the Red Sea seem as effortless as popping a frozen pizza for instant dinner.  When the novena ends on the feast of the archangels September 29, I’ll let you know how God answers my prayers.   If it is a “yay” answer, I’ll do another nine day stretch with the chaplet of St. Raphael in thanksgiving. If it’s “nay,” I’ll knock on St. Michael’s doors.
 Here is the powerful novena if you have your own intentions:

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 (Make your request here...)and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.


1 comment:

No Endorheic Love said...

Here is a novena to St Raphael given to me by my grandmother in the 1970s. I have not seen it reproduced on many sites, so I wanted to pass it on to you. St Raphael never lets me down.

Holy Raphael, archangel and friend,
God the Father calls you to be a force for healing in the world,
touching wounded hearts, bodies, and minds.
Help us to put aside our limited,
worldly habit of judging and condemning ourselves
and others when we do wrong,
and to replace it with Christ’s perspective of healing the wounds
we all incur in living as imperfect beings in an imperfect world.
In that spirit I ask now that you use your swift, silent wings
to bring to God this request:

[Insert your prayer request here].

Guide us always to the people through whom God waits to make us whole,
and, through the blessing of the Holy Spirit,
help us to be sources of loving healing to them.
We pray this in the name of Christ our Lord.