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Are You Suffering? Turn To This Archangel For Help

Are You Suffering? Turn To This Archangel For Help

Archangel Raphael

 

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.

  • Traditionally, Raphael had a separate feast celebrated on October 24, though recently his feast was combined with those of the other two archangels on September 29.

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 our country, 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.

 

Source:

Aleteia, The Holy Bible – The book of Tobit.

 

​October 1 – Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria (Solemnity In Nigeria)

​October 1 – Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria (Solemnity In Nigeria)

Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria is a solemnity celebrated on the date of the country’s independence.

The dedication of the country to Our Lady’s protection was initiated by the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria shortly after independence in 1960.

The Jesuit priests later commissioned a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Baby Jesus as an icon of Our Lady Queen of Nigeria.

According to Ad Caeli Reginam, the encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the Queenship of Mary  “From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen”

Following on the crises of our times, where injustice, corruption, fear, wars and brutal killings reign, we can entrust our confidence and our hope to Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, making known to her our reverence and trust in her intercession.

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​Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

​Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love.

Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. 

Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. 

Amen. 

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​Things to Do During Private Eucharistic Adoration

​Things to Do During Private Eucharistic Adoration

Fr. Benedict Groeschel points out in the book, “In the Presence of Our Lord : The History, Theology and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion” that there are “four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance and trusting intercession.” Accordingly, here are suggestions for what to do during private Eucharistic adoration.
1. Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours

Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness or seeking an answer, you’ll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.
2. Recite the “Jesus Prayer”

Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner”, repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
3. Meditate using Scripture

Choose a passage from the Bible. read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that message.
4. Read the life of a saint and pray with him or her

Most holy men and women have had a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.
5. Pour out your heart to Christ and adore Him

Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St. Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: “I adore You, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”
6. Ask for forgiveness and intercede for others

Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.
7. Pray the Rosary

Pope John Paul II reminds us, “…is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Chris and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic communion?” (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.
8. Sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God

Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other’s company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.

Adoration Prayer – by Saint Faustina



I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.
My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here, Your light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of graces flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.
O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen. 

Adoration Prayer -II



I adore You, O Jesus, God of Love, truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I adore You Who has come to Your Own but were not received by them. I adore You, Whom the majority of mankind rejected and despised. I adore You, Whom the impious incessantly are offend by their sacrileges and blasphemies. I adore You, Who are grieved by the coldness and indifference of a vast number of Christians. 

I adore You, O Infinite Goodness, Who has wrought so many miracles, in order to reveal Your love to us. I adore You, with all the angels and saints, and with those chosen souls that are now already the blessed of Your Father and are all aglow with burning love for You. I adore You with all Your friends, O Jesus! With them I prostrate myself at the foot of the Altar, to offer You my most profound homage, to receive Your Divine Inspiration, and to implore Your grace. Oh, how good it is for me to be here with You! How sweet to hear the Voice of my Beloved! 

O Victim of Divine Love! A piercing cry breaks forth from Your Heart here on the Altar, as it once did on Calvary; it is the cry of Love; “I thirst,” You call to Your children, “I thirst for Your love! Come all, whom I love as My Father has loved Me; come and quench the thirst that consumes Me!
Lord Jesus, behold I come. My heart is small, but it is all Yours. You are a prisoner in our Tabernacles, You the Lord of Lords! And love it is, that holds You here as such! You leave the Tabernacle only to come to us, to unite Yourself with the faithful soul and allow Your Divine Love to reign within. 

O King of Love! Come, live and reign in me. I want no other law but the law of Your Love! No, no, I henceforth desire to know nothing, neither of this world nor of what is in it, nor of myself; Your Love alone shall rule in me eternally.
O Jesus, grant me this grace! Break all my fetters, strip me of all that is not of Yourself, in order that Your Love may be my life here below, and my happiness and delight in eternity, Amen.
Litany of the Blessed Sacrament
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven,  
(response: Have mercy on us.)      

 
God the Holy Spirit,

Hol Trinity, one God,

Living Bread, that came down from heaven,

Hidden God and Savior,

Corn of the elect,

Wine whose fruit are virgins,

Bread of fatness, and royal delicacies,

Perpetual Sacrifice,

Clean oblation,

Lamb without spot,

Most pure Feast,

Food of Angels,

Hidden Manna,

Memorial of the wonders of God,

Supersubstantial Bread,

Word made flesh,

Sacred Host,

Mystery of faith,

Most high and adorable Sacrament,

Most holy of all sacrifices,

True Propitiation for the living and the dead,

Heavenly Antidote against the poison of sin,

Most wonderful of all miracles,

Most holy commemoration of the passion of Christ,

Gift transcending all fullness,

Special memorial of divine love,

Affluence of divine bounty,

Most august and holy mystery,

Medicine of immortality,

Tremendous and life-giving sacrament,

Bread made flesh by the omnipotence of the word,

Unbloody sacrifice,

Our feast at once and our fellow-guest,

Sweetest banquet, at which angels minister,

Sacrament of piety,

Bond of charity,

Priest and victim,

spiritual sweetness tasted in its proper source,

Refreshment of holy souls,

Viaticum of those who die in the Lord,

Pledge of future glory,
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
(response for below: O Lord, deliver us.)
From an unworthy reception of Your body and blood,

From the lust of the flesh,

From the lust of the eyes,

From the pride of life,

From every occassion of sin,

Through the desire by which You desired to eat this passover with Your disciples,

Through the profound humility by which You washed their feet,

Through that ardent charity by which You instituted this divine sacrament,

Through Your precious blood which You have left us on our altars,

Through the five wounds of this Your most holy body which You received for us,
We sinners,       
(response: We beesech You, hear us.)   
That You would preserve and increase our faith, reverence, and devotion toward this sacrament,

That You would conduct us, through a true confession of our sins, to a frequent reception of the holy Eucharist,

That You would deliver us from all heresy, evil, and blindness of heart,

That You would impart to us the precious and heavenly fruits of this most holy sacrament,

That at the hour of death You would strengthen and defend us by this heavenly Viaticum,
Son of God, Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world : Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world : Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world : Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.
V.  You gave them bread from heaven,

R.  Containing in itself all sweetness.


LET US PRAY:

O God, in this wonderful sacrament You left us a memorial of Your passion.  Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your body and blood that we may ever continue to feel within us the blessed fruit of Your redemption Who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

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