Novena in Honor of St. Raphael, Archangel

(Beginning October 15)

[May be said in public or private.
i. 300 Days, each day.
ii. Plenary once during the Novena. I, II, IV
See Instructions, p. 1, 1910 Raccolta ]


℣. O God, come to my assistance;

℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


O Christ, Splendor of the Father, Life and Strength of the heart, in the presence of the Angels we celebrate Thee by our prayers and hymns, uniting our voices with their melodious concerts. We praise with reverence all the celestial Princes, but especially the Archangel St. Raphael, the faithful Companion by whose power the Devil was enchained.

O Christ, King full of goodness, by this guardian remove far from us all the wickedness of the enemy; purify our hearts and our bodies, and by Thy sole clemency, introduce us into Paradise. In harmonious concerts let us give thanks to the Father, glory to Jesus Christ and to the Comforter, God three in One, living before all ages. Amen.

Ave.

St. Raphael, pray for us.

Christ, the glory of the Angel choirs!
Of man the Maker and Redeemer blest!
Grant us one day to reach those bright abodes,
And in Thy glory rest.

And Raphael, physician of the soul,
Let him descend from his pure halls of light,
To heal our sicknesses and guide for us
Each dubious course aright.

Thou, too, fair Virgin, Daughter of the skies!
Mother of light and Queen of Peace! descend;
Bringing with thee the radiant court of Heaven
To aid us and defend.

This grace on us bestow, O Father blest,
And Thou, 0 Son by an eternal birth;
With thee, from both proceeding, Holy Ghost,
Whose glory fills the earth. Amen.

℣. Pray for us, St. Raphael.

℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, who to Tobias, Thy servant, when on his journey, didst give blessed Raphael the Archangel, for companion; grant that we who are also Thy servants, may likewise be safeguarded by his watchfulness, and be made strong by his help. May he who we faithfully believe ever to stand before Thy Majesty, offer up our prayers to be blessed by Thee; through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Church in Honor of St. Raphael Archangel

Vouchsafe, O Lord God, to send unto our assistance Saint Raphael the Archangel: and may he, who, we believe, evermore standeth before the throne of Thy Majesty, offer unto Thee our humble petitions to be blessed by Thee; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray:

O glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great Prince of the heavenly Court, illustrious for thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of those who journey by land or sea, consoler of the afflicted and of sinners: I beg thee to assist me in all my needs and in suffering of this life, as once thou didst help the young Tobias in his travels. And because thou art the “Medicine of God,” I pray thee to heal the many infirmities of my soul, and the ills which afflict my body, if it be for my greater good. I especially ask of thee an angelic purity, which may fit me to be the temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

{Indulgence of 100 Days, once a day—Leo XIII, June 21, 1890)

O Christ, thy servants’ wanderings spare;
For whom Thy Maiden-Mother’s prayer
Beseeches at Thy throne of grace
Mercy before the Father’s face.

Be near us, Angel from on high,
Whose name God’s might doth signify;
Strengthen the weak with ceaseless ward,
And to the sad thine help afford.

Ye nine-fold ranks of Angel-choirs
Whose order for our help conspires,
All past and present ills dispel,
From future danger guard us well.

Drive far away in shamed disgrace
From Christian lands the faithless race:
That so the rule one Shepherd hold
Over one Flock, one single fold.

To God the Father praise be done,
Who hath redeemed us through His Son;
Anoints us by the Holy Ghost,
And guards us by the Angel-host. Amen.

Let us Pray:

O God, Who in Thy ineffable goodness hast rendered blessed Raphael the conductor of thy faithful in their journeys, we humbly implore Thee, that we may be conducted by him in the way of salvation, and experience his help in the maladies of our souls; through Jesus Christ Thy Son, Our Lord, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us, 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 Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Saint Raphael, pray for us.
St. Raphael, filled with the mercy of God, pray for us.
St. Raphael, perfect adorer of the Divine Word, pray for us.
St. Raphael, terror of demons, pray for us.
St. Raphael, exterminator of vices, pray for us.
St. Raphael, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Raphael, our refuge in all our trials, pray for us.
St. Raphael, guide of travelers, pray for us.
St. Raphael, consoler of prisoners, pray for us.
St. Raphael, joy of the sorrowful, pray for us.
St. Raphael, filled with zeal for the salvation of souls, pray for us.
St. Raphael, whose name means: Medicine of God, pray for us.
St. Raphael, lover of chastity, pray for us.
St. Raphael, scourge of demons, pray for us.
St. Raphael, in pest, famine and war, pray for us.
St. Raphael, Angel of peace and prosperity, pray for us.
St. Raphael, endowed with the grace of healing, pray for us.
St. Raphael, sure guide in the paths of virtue and sanctification, pray for us.
St. Raphael, help of all those who implore thy assistance, pray for us.
St. Raphael, who wert the guide and consolation of Tobias on his journey, pray for us.
St. Raphael, whom the Scriptures thus praise: “Raphael, the holy Angel of the Lord was sent to cure,” pray for us.
St. Raphael, our advocate, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us.

℣. Pray for us, St. Raphael, to the Lord our God.

℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, at the prayer of the Archangel St. Raphael, grant us the grace to avoid all sin and to persevere in every good work, until we reach our heavenly country, Thou Who livest and reignest forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Let us Pray:

O Raphael, lead us toward those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us. Raphael, Angel of happy meetings, lead us by the hand toward those we are looking for. May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your light and transfigured by your joy. Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on Whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you, and pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our Country. Remember the weak, you who are strong—you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder in a land that is always peaceful, always serene and bright with the resplendent glory of God. O glorious Archangel Raphael, obtain assistance and perseverance for all the sick, aged, and infirm of our Community. Do thou always watch over and protect us from all danger and harm in all our travels. St. Raphael, powerful intercessor before the Throne of Divine Justice, obtain for us the true justice of Christ in all present attacks of our enemies, which threaten to destroy our souls. Amen.