Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Feast day: September 29
St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of
He was sent by God to help Tobit, Tobiah and Sarah. At the time, Tobit
was blind and Tobiah's betrothed, Sarah, had had seven bridegrooms
perish on the night of their weddings. Raphael accompanied Tobiah into
Media disguised as a man named Azariah. Raphael helped him through his
difficulties and taught him how to safely enter marriage with Sarah. Tobiah said that Raphael caused him to have his wife and that he gave
joy to Sarah's parents for driving out the evil spirit in her.
He also gave Raphael credit for his father's seeing the light of heaven
and for receiving all good things through his intercession. Besides
Raphael, Michael and Gabriel are the only Archangels mentioned by name
in the bible. Raphael's name means "God heals." This identity came about
because of the biblical story which claims that he "healed" the earth
when it was defiled by the sins of the fallen angels in the apocryphal
book of Enoch.
Raphael is also identified as the angel who moved the
waters of the healing sheep pool. He is also the patron of the blind, of
happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers. His feast day
is celebrated on September 29th.