St. Raphael, a powerful healer for anyone suffering right now

By January 19, 2018Articles, Prayers
St. Raphael, a powerful healer for anyone suffering right now

The archangel’s name in Hebrew means “Divine Healer.”

Among the three archangels named in the Bible, St. Raphael is probably the least known. This is likely due to the fact that St. Raphael is only found in the Old Testament (and there only in a book not considered canonical by Jews or Protestant Christians), while Gabriel and Michael feature prominently in the New Testament.

St. Raphael is a powerful intercessor whom we should not forget, especially during times when we are most in need of healing.

Raphael is found in the Book of Tobit, where he reveals himself as a healer of mind, body and spirit. The first part of the biblical story narrates the life of Tobit, a righteous Jewish man who took upon himself the burial of the dead even when it was forbidden by his Assyrian captors. Tobit became blind after bird droppings fell into his eyes. The blindness lasted for several years and sent Tobit into a deep anguish, creating in him a desire to die.

At the same time there was a woman named Sarah who was tormented by a demon. She married seven times, but each time her bridegroom was killed by the demon on their wedding night, before the marriage could be consummated. She too was deeply depressed and wished for death.

St. Raphael was sent to both. He brought about their healing by accompanying Tobit’s son, Tobias, on a journey to find a special kind of fish liver with healing properties. Raphael was disguised as Tobias’ travel guide, and in this tradition he is often invoked by pilgrims.

On the way back home, Raphael and Tobias stopped at the home of Tobit’s kinsmen — the parents of Sarah. Tobias and Sarah fell in love, and on their wedding night Tobias’ pledge of chaste love, stirred by Raphael’s angelic power, defeated the demon.

Returning home with his bride, Tobias laid the fish liver on Tobit’s eyes and his blindness was healed. At the marriage feast of Tobias and Sarah, the family turned to thank Raphael, who only then revealed himself as an archangel.

The word Raphael in Hebrew can be rendered as, “God heals,” “Divine Healer,” or “Remedy of God.” His angelic mission on earth is to heal, which is very important for those suffering in any way.

Below is a prayer to St. Raphael for any intention you may have, especially for anyone you know who may be hurting right now. In light of recent events, all of us should pray for the healing of the world, and all those suffering in mind, body or spirit.

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the “medicine of God” I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (here mention your special intention), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


  • Bertha says:

    Amen 🙏

  • fe says:

    St. Raphael de Archangel please healed my son Rafael from his skin allergy for my pain i feel always, for my cousin doing her Dialysis, and for our 5 days Little Angel Ezekiel,,, who have blood infection my other cousin who are sick too. Please healed us I asked you this tru Jesus Christ our Lord and
    Great Healer. Amen

  • Peter says:

    Please find the grace to heal my wife from the ailments she has and is going thru

  • Stella says:

    Please St Raphael heal me from the pain , fatigue and dizziness. Also heal my son. I pray for kind intervention. I believe you will do this for me . Amen

  • Barb says:

    Dear St Ralphael, please pray for healing and an end of all the generational sins in my family, and for protection and blessings, especially an increase of God’s grace for my family, and all families. And that we may all get back together in a home of our own. Thank you!

  • Jovy says:

    Please heal me! AMEN!

  • Dominica says:

    Please heal my children and husband and me amen!

  • Rose Marie says:

    Heal my Granddaughter, she was diagnosed with asthma, the pain of my sons foot… heal and protect us, Amen

  • Terry Dillon says:

    Not all Jews reject the Septuagint. This is the first time I read that the vow of marriage for Tobias was one of chaste love. What does that mean? Faithfulness in marriage is marital chastity, is it not?

  • May this Palm Sunday, bring back my son Gregory and make his wife Melissa, believe in God. It is hurtful for me.
    Please heal my CIDP rare disease.

  • Marty Simmons says:

    St. Raphael, please heal Norma’s legs. She is in a lot of pain.She has poor circulation and very bad open wounds. It is affecting her emotionally too. She is 94 yrs old. In Jesus name I pray.

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