St. Raphael the Archangel
Archangels are higher than angels and are so called because sent to do the most important works. It was the Archangel Michael who drove Lucifer from Heaven, the Archangel Gabriel who announced to the Blessed Virgin that she was to be the Mother of God and the Archangel Raphael (God has healed) is in the Book of Tobias.
Saint Raphael offered his prayer to the Lord, that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sara, his son’s wife, from the devil.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Saint Raphael the Archangel
Introit • Ps. 102, 20
BLESS the Lord, all ye His angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute His word, harkening to the voice of His orders. Ps. 102, 1. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless His holy name. Glory be …
O God, Who to thy servant Tobias when on his journey didst give blessed Raphael, the archangel, as a companion, grant us, Thy servants, that we may ever be protected by his guardianship and strengthened by his assistance. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Tob. 12, 7-15
Lesson from the Book of Tobias.
[ Raphael maketh himself known.]
In THOSE days, the angel Raphael said to Tobias: For it is good to hide the secret of a king: but honourable to reveal and confess the works of God. Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up treasures of gold: For alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting. But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to their own soul.
I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from you. When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst 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 thou wast 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.
Gradual • Tob. 8, 3
Raphael, the angel of the Lord, took, and bound the devil. Ps. 146, 5. Great is Our Lord, and great is His power.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 137, 1, 2. I will sing praise to Thee in the sight of the angels, I will worship towards Thy holy temple and I will give gory to Thy name, O Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 5, 1-4
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ heals on the sabbath the man languishing thirty-eight years. His discourse upon this occasion.]
At THAT time, there was a festival day of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered; waiting for the moving of the water. And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.
Offertory • Apoc. 8, 3, 4
An angel stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand: and there was given to him much incense: and the smoke of the perfumes ascended before God.
We OFFER Thee sacrifices of praise, O Lord, humbly praying that Thou be pleased to receive them, through the angelic intercession in our behalf, and grant that they may avail for our salvation. Through our Lord.
Communion • Dan. 3, 58
All ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: sing a hymn, and exalt Him above all forever, alleluia.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to make the holy archangel Raphael our helper, and let him whom we believe to be continually standing before Thy majesty, present our poor prayers to be blessed by Thee. Through our Lord.