Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Feast of the Archangels - Hosanna!

This picture has got an interpretation
 but really, life's too short, sorry!

The Feastday of the Archangels, Michael, Raphael and Gabriel - what power is in those names. I read somewhere in the past year that the road to salvation is made more certain by daily recourse to these three Archangels and, ever since then, I have included them in my night prayers - too good a tip to ignore methinks.

The above painting is attributed to Andrea del Verrochio and the story involves Tobias, a healing, a wicked father-in-law, a fluffy dog and a pet fish that can, amazingly go for walks on a lead sans water! Sorry to appear trite but the story in the only online version I can find is very disjointed and I am ultra busy preparing for my departure for the Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma meeting on Saturday. So that's it, really.

And now for some good prayers to our great Archangels.................

St Gabriel the Archangel

O God, who from among all the Angels did choose the Archangel Gabriel to announce the Mystery of Thine Incarnation: mercifully grant that we who keep his feast on earth may feel the effect of his patronage in heaven. Who lives and reigns, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech you, intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as you did announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through your prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel

O glorious Archangel, St Raphael, great Prince of the heavenly court, illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of those who journey by land or sea, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners: I beg you to assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you did help the young Tobias on his travels. And because you are the 'Medicine of God,' I humbly ask you 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 you an angelic purity, which may fit me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Be pleased, O Lord God, to send to our aid St Raphael the Archangel: and may he, who, we believe, stands forever before the throne of Your Majesty, offer unto You our humble petitions to be blessed by You. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Supported by the intercession of blessed Michael, Thine Archangel, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that the service we pay with our lips, we may lay hold of with our minds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon your Holy Name, and as supplicants we implore your clemency, that by the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St Michael, You would deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who roam about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen. 



  1. Thought I should share this. A nice reflection on the Archangels by the Holy Father...

    On another note...wicked father-in-law? Tobias? Wasn't it Jacob's father-in-law who was a deceiving old goon...

  2. The picture you show is of Tobias with the Three Archangels by Botticini, not Verrochio, though he did a similar one of just Tobias and the Angel.

  3. Thanks Amette, I shall never trust Wikipedia again.