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Feast of SS. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

September 29 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

The three archangels – Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel – are the only three angels referred to by name in Sacred Scripture. Thus, they are the only angels that we should venerate.

St. Michael, the “Prince of the Heavenly Host,” is the chief angel in heaven. The name Michael means “Who is like God?” Often depicted with a sword while defeating the devil, St. Michael defends against evil. In Revelations, it is revealed that “Michael and his angels” defeated Satan and the angels that joined him, casting them from heaven into hell. As the defender against evil, St. Michael the Archangel is the Guardian of the Church. At the end of Mass, we pray the St. Michael Prayer so that we may receive his protection.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 

St. Gabriel – who’s name means “my power is God” –  is first mentioned in the Book of Daniel, just as St. Michael is, where he interprets Daniel’s vision. However, St. Gabriel is most often recognized for his appearances in the New Testament. Appearing to Zechariah, Gabriel tells him that his prayers have been answered and that his wife Elizabeth will have a son, whom they shall name John. However, Zechariah doubts his words, which leads the archangel to reveal himself: “I am Gabriel, who stand before God.” Because of his doubt, Gabriel tells Zechariah he will be left silent, unable to speak until the day of John’s birth. Yet St. Gabriel is most known for delivering the message to Mary during the Annunciation: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Prayer to St. Gabriel the Archangel for his Intersession

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

St. Raphael appears by name in the Old Testament Book of Tobit. Disguising himself as Azarias, he accompanies Tobit’s son, Tobith, on his journey to Media to retrieve Tobit’s deposit. St. Raphael assists Tobith in marrying Sarah, as he freed her from the demon Asmodeus, which had killed off her seven husbands before each could consecrate their marriage with her. St. Raphael is typically pictured with a fish, as it was the liver and heart of the fish which he symbolically used to free Sarah, and the fish’s gall to symbolically cure Tobit’s blindness. It was, of course, divine intervention that performed these miracles. It is no coincidence that Raphael means “God heals.”

Prayer to Saint Raphael the Archangel 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 the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 



September 29
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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