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Prayers to Archangels

"For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory..." 
-Matthew 16:27-

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. 

Image source: By Hand, With Heart

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
Prince of the Heavenly Hosts

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do you, O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
cast into hell Satan and the other evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. 
Amen. 

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us. 

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Prayer to St. Gabriel the Archangel
Special Messenger of God

O loving messenger of the Incarnation, 
descend upon all those for whom I wish peace and happiness. 
Spread your wings over the cradles of the new-born babes,
you who announced the coming of the Infant Jesus. 

Give to our youth a petal of lily from your hand. 
Let the Ave Maria to re-echo in all hearts that they may find grace and joy through Mary. 

Finally, recall the sublime words spoken on the day of the Annunciation -
"Nothing is impossible with God,"
and repeat them in hours of trial
-to all I love
-that their confidence in our Lord may be strengthened, when all human help fails. 
Amen. 

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us. 

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Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
Healer and Guide of the Christian Pilgrim

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 (Name your request)
and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. 
Amen. 

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us. 

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Today is also the birthday of my Fr. Benedict, a dear friend and adviser - one of my angels here on earth. :) 


If you're reading this, please also say a little prayer for him and for all the religious as well. :) 

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