St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 6th November 2011
The canonical scriptures mention three great Archangels amongst the angelic hosts who chant an unending hymn of praise before the glory of the Lord. They are Archangels Michaelleader of the heavenly hosts, Gabriel the Angel of the annunciation who pronounced ‘Ave’ to Mary and Raphael, instructor, healer and comforter of humankind.
Raphael is regarded as the most human of these three archangels because of the character of his mission. He brings blessings for both body and soul, this account is recorded in the book of Tobit, Apocrypha Bible.
Most people find it difficult to believe that Angels exist, yet deep within us we take comfort that our guardian angels are constantly watching over us. It has become all too common to think of angel-talk, as lyrics for sentimental songs. Over the years we have heard and danced to pop music with angelic lyrics in it,ranging from artists like Robbie Williams to Shaggy……(‘girl you’re my angel you’re my.………’)
St. Raphael appeared to Tobias and brought spiritual blessings of healing and joy to his household.I trust this powerful heavenly friend, do you? Devotions to St. Raphael are mostly done in private, and so in silence a prayer by Bishop John Mark Gannon;
‘O God Who graciously gave the Archangel Raphael as a companion to thy servant Tobias on his journey, grant us, thy servants, that we may ever enjoy his protection and be strengthened by his help, through Christ our Lord’. Amen.