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Monday, 18 June 2012

Saints Corner: St. Raphael the Archangel

Name: St. Raphael the Archangel (Saint of Sickness)
In Hebrew the name Raphael means "It is God who heals", "God Heals", "God, Please Heal".
Birth & Death: Not sure Angels have briths or deaths?
Feast Day: 29 September
Country of Origin: St. Raphael the Archangel is an angel, so his country of origin is "God's Kindgom".
History: He first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself "Azarias the son of the great Ananias". The story of the adventurous journey during which the protective influence of the angel is shown in many ways including the binding "in the desert of upper Egypt" of the demon who had previously slain seven husbands of Sara, daughter of Raguel, is picturesquely related in Tobit 5-11, to which the reader is referred. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobias, Azarias makes himself known as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tobit 12:15. Cf. Revelation 8:2). Of these seven "archangels" which appear in the angelology of post-Exilic Judaism, only three, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, are mentioned in the canonical Scriptures. The others, according to the Book of Enoch (cf. xxi) are Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jerahmeel, while from other apocryphal sources we get the variant names Izidkiel, Hanael, and Kepharel instead of the last three in the other list.

Catholic Encyclopaedia

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