Novena to St. Raphael

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  • "God has healed" or "Remedy of God."
  • Minister for joy.
  • Patron of youth.
  • Angel of happy meetings, lovers, and a wise choice.
  • Angel of everyday life.
  • Patron of travelers.

Holy Archangel Raphael,
standing so close to the throne of God and offering Him our prayers,
I venerate you as God's special friend and messenger.

I choose you as my patron
and wish to love and obey you as young Tobiah did.

I entrust to you
my body and soul,
all my work,
and my whole life.

I want you to be my guide and counselor
in all the dangerous and difficult problems and decisions of my life.

Remember, dearest Saint Raphael,
that the grace of God preserved you with the good angels in Heaven
when the proud ones were cast into hell.

I entreat you, therefore,
to help me in my struggle against the world,
the flesh,
and the devil.

Defend me from all dangers and every occasion of sin.

Direct me always in the way of peace, safety, and salvation.

Offer my prayers to God as you offered those of Tobiah,
so that through your intercession
I may obtain the graces necessary for the salvation of my soul.

I ask you to pray that God grant me this favor if it be His holy will.

Saint Raphael,
help me to love and serve my God faithfully,
to die in His grace,
and finally to merit to join you in seeing and praising God forever in heaven.


Litany of St. Raphael

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Angels, have mercy on us.

Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
St. Raphael, the Archangel,
St. Raphael, whose name means "God has healed,"
St. Raphael, preserved with the good Angels in God's Kingdom,
St. Raphael, one of the seven spirits who stand before the Most High,
St. Raphael, ministering to God in Heaven,
St. Raphael, noble and mighty messenger of God,
St. Raphael, devoted to the holy will of God,
St. Raphael, who offered to God the prayers of the father, Tobit,
St. Raphael, traveling-companion of the young Tobiah,
St. Raphael, who guarded your friends from danger,
St. Raphael, who found a worthy wife for Tobiah,
St. Raphael, who delivered Sarah from the evil spirits,
St. Raphael, who healed Tobit of his blindness,
St. Raphael, guide and protector on our journey through life,
St. Raphael, strong helper in time of need,
St. Raphael, conqueror of evil,
St. Raphael, guide and counselor of your people,
St. Raphael, protector of pure souls,
St. Raphael, patron angel of youth,
St. Raphael, angel of joy,
St. Raphael, angel of happy meetings,
St. Raphael, angel of chaste courtship,
St. Raphael, angel of those seeking a marriage partner,
St. Raphael, angel of a happy marriage,
St. Raphael, angel of home life,
St. Raphael, guardian of the Christian family,
St. Raphael, protector of travelers,
St. Raphael, patron of health,
St. Raphael, heavenly physician,
St. Raphael, helper of the blind,
St. Raphael, healer of the sick,
St. Raphael, patron of physicians,
St. Raphael, consoler of the afflicted,
St. Raphael, support of the dying,
St. Raphael, herald of blessings,
St. Raphael, defender of the Church.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world:
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world:
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.

From Treasury of Novenas by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, SVD (New York: Catholic Book Publishing, 1986); slightly edited to suit my taste.