Saint Raphael the Archangel, first mentioned in the Book of Tobit, is a significant figure in both Jewish and Christian traditions. In the Book of Tobit, Raphael is sent by God to accompany Tobit’s son, Tobias, on a journey to retrieve money and find a suitable wife. He plays a crucial role in guiding and protecting Tobias during their travels. Raphael is also mentioned in the apocryphal Book of Enoch, where he is described as one of the archangels who intercedes on behalf of humanity before God. In Christian tradition, Raphael is recognized as one of the seven archangels and is venerated as a healer and protector. His name, Raphael, means “God heals” or “God has healed,” emphasizing his association with healing and restoration. Saint Raphael is often invoked for physical and spiritual healing, guidance on journeys, and protection during travel.
St. Raphael the Archangel
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