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Feast of the Archangels

September 29, 2015 by  
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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels


Last year, we brought you this post on the archangels which came from the Liturgy of the Hours:

Many of you already know the prayer to Saint Michael, the Archangel.  But, did you know there are specific prayers for the other two archangels, as well? Today, as we honor the feast of the Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, we offer you prayers suitable for all the Archangels.

SaintMichaelArchangelRottmayrEngelsturzSaint Michael: We see Saint Michael referred to in Scripture in four places: in Daniel 12:13 and 12:1, where he is a guardian of Israel; in Jude 9, where he argues with the devil about Moses’ body, and in Revelation 12:7-9, where he ousts Satan from heaven.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

This prayer was composed in the late 1880’s by Pope Leo XIII after a vision of the spiritual evil Satan would visit on the world in the 20th century.


GabrieleArchangelSaint Gabriel: In two places of scripture, we see St. Gabriel making announcement: to Zechariah of the future birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:19), to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Christ’s Incarnation (in Luke 1:26-37). 

Saint Gabriel, the Archangel, We humbly ask you to intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy. As you announced the mystery of the Incarnation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, so through your prayers may we receive strength of faith and courage of spirit, and thus find favor with God and redemption through Christ Our Lord. May we sing the praise of God our Savior with the angels and saints in heaven forever and ever. Amen.





Saint Raphael: Throughout much of the book of Tobit, we read of St. Raphael, guiding the traveler Tobiah and instructing him in healing. 


Saint Raphael, the Archangel, Help us in all the needs and trials and the journey of this earthly life, as you, through the power of God, didst restore sight and gave guidance to young Tobit. We humbly seek your aid and intercession, that our souls may be healed, our bodies protected from all ills, and that through divine grace we may become fit to dwell in the eternal Glory of God in heaven. Amen.




Art: Visit in the Annunciation Cathedral of the Melkite Patriarch of Jerusalem (Archangels), Yoav Dothan, 13 February 2009 own work, PD-Worldwide; Saint Michael Archangel, Höllensturz; Altarbild von Johann Michael Rottmayr, 1697, Schlosskapelle St. Michael (Tittmoning), PD-US; S. Gabriele Arcangelo, José Camarón Bononat, 18th century, CC-PD-US; Mirror of Tobias and the Angel, Szymon Czechowicz, 1740s, PD-US copyright expired; all Wikimedia Commons.

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Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Joan

    Thank you Liz.for these lovely prayers. My brother in law who became a catholic shortly before his death in May this year, took the name Michael as his confirmation name in honour of the Archangel. My sister and I now ask St. Michael to guard and defend us and the family and to watch over us daily. God bless you.

    • LizEst

      You’re very welcome, Joan. To God be the glory! What a great memory of your brother-in-law. Invoking St Michael, as well as Sts Gabriel and Raphael, is good practice. They are named in Scripture for a reason. Very powerful intercessors.

      • Joan

        Yes, absolutely! I didn’t know the prayers to Sts Gabriel and Raphael until today and Christine and I are going to mass today in honour of all three. God is very good. Also our late grandmother’s birthday today so remembering her too! Thanks again Liz.

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  • LizEst

    You’re welcome Susanrose. The glory, of course, goes to the Lord from whom all good things come.

  • marybernadette

    ‘The true story of the ‘Angels.’ and not the new-age version of them.’ Thank you Liz for these beautiful prayers.

    • LizEst

      You’re very welcome, marybernadette. May God be pleased to receive the glory!

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