Saturday, February 25, 2006

Saint Raphael The Archangel

Saint Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. Raphael is seen in the Bible when he was sent by God to help Tobit, Tobiah and Sarah. Tobit was blind. Raphael accompanied Tobiah disguised as a man. On the journey a large fish leaped from the water after Tobiah. Raphael told him to take the heart, gall and liver of the fish to make a medicine.

When Tobiah returned home, he was told by Raphael to put the medicine made from the fish on the eyes of Tobit his father. At once Tobit could see! Raphael then said “I am the Angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord.”

Raphael's name means "God heals." He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers. His feast day is celebrated on September 29th.

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