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#278348 - 02/13/08 12:50 PM Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse
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I ran across this at EWTN. I thought that it was a beautiful prayer for both individuals and parents for their children.

I offer this for all of our single brothers and sisters on this forum who sense a call to the holy vocation of marriage.

God bless and a continued blessed Fast!

Gordo

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St. Raphael, you were sent by God to guide young Tobias in choosing a good and virtuous spouse. Please help me in this important choice which will affect my whole future. You not only directed Tobias in finding a wife, but you also gave him guidelines which should be foremost in every Christian marriage: "Pray together before making important decisions."

Amen.


http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=86018

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Dateless? An Angel to the Rescue
LONDON, FEB. 11, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Singles worried about spending the upcoming Valentine's Day by themselves are being encouraged to seek help through the prayers of an angelic matchmaker.

A Web site of the Catholic Enquiry Office, part of an agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, is encouraging Catholic singles to pray a novena to the Archangel Raphael.

http://www.life4seekers.co.uk/lifestylevalues/St.Raphael.html

Raphael is traditionally considered an ally in the realm of love and relationships thanks to the role he played in helping Sarah and Tobit in the Old Testament.

The book of Tobit explains how Raphael delivered Sarah from an evil spirit that had brought about the death of seven husbands on seven successive wedding nights.

Monsignor Keith Barltrop, director of the Catholic Enquiry Office, explained, "Many people have testified to the help they have received in finding a life partner through the prayerful help of the archangel. At this time of year, significant numbers are seeking someone special, or maybe dealing with recent heartbreak. St. Raphael is there to help."

Singles are being encouraged to join a novena starting Feb. 14, using the following prayer:

For the Choice of a Good Spouse

St. Raphael, you were sent by God to guide young Tobias in choosing a good and virtuous spouse. Please help me in this important choice which will affect my whole future. You not only directed Tobias in finding a wife, but you also gave him guidelines which should be foremost in every Christian marriage: "Pray together before making important decisions."

Amen.

The online resource includes tips from a matchmaking expert, information about the archangel and intercessory prayer, true love stories and a competition offering the prize of a meal for two.

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#278350 - 02/13/08 12:54 PM Re: Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse [Re: ebed melech]
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Here is a wonderful Latin Catholic Litany to St. Raphael.

http://frjess.blogspot.com/2007/06/litany-of-saint-raphael.html

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Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Saint Raphael, pray for us.
Saint Raphael, filled with the mercy of God, etc.
Saint Raphael, perfect adorer of the Divine Word,
Saint Raphael, terror of demons,
Saint Raphael, exterminator of vices,
Saint Raphael, health of the sick,
Saint Raphael, our refuge in all our trials,
Saint Raphael, guide of travelers,
Saint Raphael, consoler of prisoners,
Saint Raphael, joy of the sorrowful,
Saint Raphael, filled with zeal for the salvation of souls,
Saint Raphael, whose name means God heals,
Saint Raphael, lover of chastity,
Saint Raphael, scourge of demons,
Saint Raphael, in pestilence, famine and war,
Saint Raphael, angel of peace and prosperity,
Saint Raphael, endowed with the grace of healing,
Saint Raphael, sure guide in the paths of virtue and sanctification,
Saint Raphael, help of all those who implore your assistance,
Saint Raphael, who was the guide and consolation of Tobias on his journey,
Saint Raphael, whom the Scriptures praise: Raphael, the holy angel of the Lord, was sent to cure,
Saint Raphael, our advocate,

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray for us, Saint Raphael, to the Lord Our God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ Lord, Jesus Christ, by the prayer of the Archangel Raphael, grant us the grace to avoid all sin and to persevere in every good work until we reach our heavenly destination, You Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

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#278351 - 02/13/08 12:58 PM Re: Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse [Re: ebed melech]
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And here is a wonderful icon of this great saint and archangel:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/co...learcangelo.jpg

Not sure if an Akathist exists...


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#278366 - 02/13/08 03:41 PM Re: Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse [Re: ebed melech]
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#278386 - 02/13/08 06:32 PM Re: Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse [Re: Orthodox Catholic]
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LOL! Thanks, Alex.

Is there one translated into English?

Gordo

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#279076 - 02/18/08 01:53 AM Re: Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse [Re: Orthodox Catholic]
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Here is another one, but in Romanian. We are getting warmer. Be patient. http://www.sfintii-arhangheli.ro/acatist-sfantul-arhanghel-rafail.php

Ray
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#279082 - 02/18/08 03:15 AM Re: Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel for Finding a Good Spouse [Re: 70x7]
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lovely!

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