Friday, September 28, 2007

Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Saturday is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. St. Michael is a powerful protector against Satan. St. Gabriel is the angel who appeared to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation. His words to her have come down through the centuries as the "Hail Mary" and are said by Catholics throughout the world today. St. Raphael appeared to Tobias and healed him and is known as a powerful agent for God's healing.

Prayers for the Feast day
St. Michael's prayer is a very powerful one when you are feeling spiritually attacked and was traditionally said after Mass.

St. Michael the Archangel defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and, do thou, Oh Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast in to hell, Satan and all the evil spirits that prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

For St. Gabriel, the Angelus is a prayer that retells the story of the Annunciation and reminds us of the source of our salvation.

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


Here is a prayer to St. Raphael for healing.

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 (here mention your special intention), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.



Divine Mercy said...

i love saint michael!

Rachi said...

I have a great desktop with the St Michael prayer- I like the St Raphael one- I haven't heard it before!
It's a beautiful icon :)
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God Bless xoxo

Divine Mercy said...

i have nominated you for the mathetes award. see my blog:)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Wow, thanks, Rachi!!!! My goodness!!
I'm grateful, DM, thanks so much!!!

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