Friday, September 29, 2006

Feast of the Holy Archangels - Raphael

Raphael the Archangel travelled with and guarded Tobiah, son of Tobit, and expelled and defeated a demon in the desert of upper Egypt. He later cured Tobit's blindness. Hence, his connection with travellers, young people, blindness, healing and healers. The name "Raphael" means God has healed. Traditionally, he is considered the force behind the healing power of the sheep pool mentioned in John 5:1-4.

He is one of the seven angels who stand before the Lord. In Tobit (ch. 12), Raphael reveals that "when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord; and I did the same thing when you used to bury the dead." He further admonishes us to "Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Before all men, honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising him. A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you."

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