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Luke 22: 43
And going out, he went, according to his custom, to the mount of Olives. And his disciples also followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them:
Pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’s throw; and kneeling down, he prayed, Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done.

And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and came to his disciples, he found them sleeping in sorrow.
Luke 22: 39-45
Tobit 12:15
The Angel Raphael said to Tobit:

I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from you. When you did pray with tears, and did bury the dead, and did leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord.

And because you were acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove thee. And now the Lord hath sent me to heal thee, and to deliver Sara thy son’ s wife from the devil. For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord.


And when they had heard these things, they were troubled, and being seized with fear they fell upon the ground on their face.

And the angel said to them: Peace be to you, fear not. For when I was with you, I was there by the will of God: bless ye him, and sing praises to him.
Tobit 12:11-18
"Saint Raphael is presented to us, above all in the Book of Tobit, as the Angel to whom is entrusted the task of healing. When Jesus sends his disciples out on a mission, the task of proclaiming the Gospel is always linked with that of healing."
"The Good Samaritan, in accepting and healing the injured person lying by the wayside, becomes without words a witness of God’s love. We are all this injured man, in need of being healed. Proclaiming the Gospel itself already means healing in itself, because man is in need of truth and love above all things. The Book of Tobit refers to two of the Archangel Raphael’s emblematic tasks of healing.

He heals the disturbed communion between a man and a woman. He heals their love. He drives out the demons who over and over again exhaust and destroy their love. He purifies the atmosphere between the two and gives them the ability to accept each other forever.

In the New Testament, the order of marriage established in creation and threatened in many ways by sin, is healed through Christ’s acceptance of it in his redeeming love. He makes marriage a sacrament: his love, put on a cross for us, is the healing power which in all forms of chaos offers the capacity for reconciliation, purifies the atmosphere and mends the wounds.

Secondly, the Book of Tobit speaks of the healing of sightless eyes. We all know how threatened we are today by blindness to God. How great is the danger that with all we know of material things and what we can do with them, we become blind to God’s light. Healing this blindness through the message of faith and the witness of love is Raphael’s service."
Above excerpts from Homily by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, September 29, 2007
Saint Raphael, Archangel Prayer for Healing
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, 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 intention], and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Blessed Virgen Mary
Untier of Knots,
pray for us
Mary Untier of Knots by Johann Georg Schmidtner; c. 1700; St. Peter am Perlach, Augsburg
http://en.wikipedia.org
Depicted below the Blessed Virgin Mary is a human figure accompanied by a smaller angel. This scene is often interpreted as Tobias and Archangel Raphael traveling to ask Sara to be his wife.
Gethsemane by Carl Heinrich Block; 1865-1879; Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace, Copenhagen; http://en.wikipedia.org
The Healing of Tobit (by his son, Tobias) by Bernardo Strozzi; 1635; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg http://www.wga.hu
The Marriage of Tobias and Sara ( detail) by Gianantonio Guardi; 1750; Chiesa dell’Angelo Raffaele, Venice; http://www.wga.hu
PRAY THE LITANIES TO SAINT RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
October 24 - Feast of Saint Raphael, Archangel - Heal, Strengthen and Protect Us - Patron Saint of young people, marriages, happy meetings, health, travelers
 
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