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Archangel Raphael, whose name means ‘he who heals,’ is the angel of healing and healers.
Archangel Raphael is one of only three archangels (along with Michael and Gabriel) who was sainted by the church.
St. Raphael is the patron saint of the sick, as well as the patron saint of those who heal the sick, particularly doctors and pharmacists.
St. Raphael is also the patron saint of travelers. Archangels are messengers of God’s will, and are charged to spread God’s love to all beings.
Archangel Raphael is known for meeting sickness and suffering of any kind, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, with great compassion and caring.
No matter what type of illness you are suffering from, you can turn to Archangel Raphael for help and healing.
Who is Archangel Raphael?
In the Book of Revelations, seven angels are mentioned as being those who “…stand before God.” These are the Archangels and they are angels that carry the most power and authority in the celestial realm, as well as on Earth.
Archangel Raphael is among the best known angels, largely because he has been charged to oversee the healing of countless sentient beings on Earth.
As a healer and guide to those who take on healing roles (as doctor, pharmacist, and apothecary), he shows incredible kindness and immense power.
Archangel Raphael has been called ‘The Medicine of God,’ and the ‘healing aspect of the Divine.’ If you are in need of help with a healing, or you feel you need help in your healing of others, calling on the assistance of Archangel Raphael is important.
Making a connection with St. Raphael is certain to help you, no matter what side of the healing equation you are on.
How Archangel Raphael has Appeared Historically
Though the angels mentioned in the Torah are not named, there is an extensive lore concerning this powerful prince of Heaven in apocryphal texts such as the Book of Tobit and the Book of Enoch.
While only Archangels Michael and Gabriel are mentioned by named in Biblical sources, Archangel Raphael has such a large following that he has been sainted by the Church and has a feast day (October 24) in his honor.
The Essential Functions of St. Raphael
Archangel Raphael has four essential functions in the Angelic hierarchy:
- To provide healing and comfort for those who are mentally, physically, and emotionally sick.
- Healing the spiritually ill and delivering those who are ‘plagued by demons’ from demonic powers.
- To provide guidance to all healers, doctors, pharmacists, and apothecaries.
- To provide protection and healing to travelers.
Connecting With Archangel Raphael for Healing and Peace
When you are connecting with powerful angels, it is important to be open to every possible way in which they may answer your request. When beginning, quiet your mind and make it ready to receive Archangel Raphael’s guidance.
No matter if you need healing, inner guidance, or protection while traveling, Archangel Raphael is the angel that you should connect to ensure a positive outcome. When we call upon Archangel Raphael he will always answer us.
It is important to note that Archangel Raphael prefers laughter and levity and is most likely to animate us in a positive direction, no matter how grave things appear to be.
Often, the first sign of Archangel Raphael will simply be that we are in a lighter mood and having happy thoughts.
When to Make a Connection to Archangel Raphael
Making a connection with a powerful archangel should not be taken lightly, which means that we should not ask for help in trivial matters that we should be able to handle on our own.
Come to Archangel Raphael when you are beset by illness, mental and emotional distress, or deep spiritual dilemmas, and he will provide direct healing or guidance that will help us find healing.
Another time to make a connection with Archangel Raphael is when you are traveling. When you are taking a long trip it is likely that there will be things that you cannot control.
Saying a prayer to Archangel Raphael can help ensure that things go smoothly.
Before you board the bus, train, or plane that you will be taking on your trip, take a moment to quiet your mind. Then ask Archangel Raphael to surround the vessel with his healing emerald light.
Archangel Raphael’s green ray will provide healing and protection to everyone on board.
The Emerald Green Ray of Archangel Raphael
Archangel Raphael is the embodiment of the compassionate and healing aspect of God. He is often depicted as carrying a staff with a caduceus on it, the ancient symbol of the medical arts.
Sometimes, he appears as a traveling pilgrim carrying a staff in one hand and a bowl of healing balm in the other.
As the embodiment of healing and compassion, Archangel Raphael is associated with the heart chakra and often appears in visions accompanied by an emerald green ray.
Green is the color of nature and health, and when we meditate on Archangel Raphael we should visualize his green ray as entering us, clearing us of all tension, stress, and illness.
Prayer of Archangel Raphael
An easy way to connect with Archangel Raphael is through prayer. When we pray to Saints and Archangels we are not praying to them as though they were God, but rather asking for their help.
This means that we should first connect with angels through our intuition. Angels are always near and available to us.
The traditional Prayer of St. Raphael is:
Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of Heaven,
known for your gifts of wisdom, healing and grace.
You are a guide of those who travel by land or sea or air;
you are the consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of those who are suffering.
I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of life.
Because you are the “medicine of God” I humbly pray for the healing of
the many infirmities of my soul and the illnesses that afflict my body.
I especially ask of you the favor of:
(here mention your specific intention for healing or protection),
and the great grace to prepare me to be a temple of God.
What if Healing is not Instantaneous?
Though we may be looking for healing, our connection with Archangel Raphael does not necessarily mean that we will be miraculously healed. The angels carry out the will of God.
Again, in the Lord’s Prayer, we say “Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” When we call upon Archangel Raphael, it is important to realize that healing may not be immediate.
Sometimes, we are required to listen to the guidance that Archangel Raphael has to offer to find healing.
Through listening to the guidance of angels, we can align ourselves with Source Energy and manifest the life circumstances that are best for us in a spiritual sense.
Often, when healing is not instantaneous or miraculous, Archangel Raphael is leading us to the right doctor or treatment that will provide us with the healing that we need.