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A Very Curious Legend of St Raphael

The revised version of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, in the notes to the entry for the feast of St Raphael the Archangel, says that “In the Ethiopic Synaxarium… is a curious account of the dedication of a church to St Raphael in an island off Alexandria early in the fifth century.” A reference is […]

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Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

What is an archangel? The word “archangel” (Greek, archangelos) means “high-ranking angel”—the same way that “archbishop” means a high-ranking bishop. Only St. Michael is described as an archangel in Scripture (Jude 9), but it is common to honor St.s Gabriel and Raphael as archangels also. Why are they called “saints” if they’re angels rather than […]

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Archangel St. Raphael: Our Joyful Angelic Friend

Note: Raphael makes his appearance in the Book of Tobit. To fully appreciate his role, take a few minutes and read the this short chapter in the Bible or read Fr. Brooms’ article. Travelers. He led young Tobit safely to the home of his future bride and spouse Sara. May Raphael accompany us and save […]

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U.S. Marine Saved by Saint Michael

Dear Mom, I am writing to you from a hospital bed. Don’t worry, Mom, I am okay. I was wounded, but the doctor says that I will be up in no time. But that’s not what I have to tell you, Mom. Something happened to me that I don’t dare tell anyone else for fear […]

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Act of Consecration to St. Michael the Archangel

Oh most Noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies valorous warrior of Almighty God, and zealous lover of His glory, terror of the rebellious angels, and love and delight of all the just ones, my beloved Archangel Saint Michael, desiring to be numbered among thy devoted servants, I, today offer and consecrate myself to thee, and […]

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Apparition of St. Michael

The history of the former feast of the Apparition of St. Michael is very remarkable. In the year 404, a wealthy man had a large herd of cattle grazing on Monte Gargano in Italy, not far from the once famous city of Siponto. One day a steer went astray from the herd and did not […]

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Original – Prayer to St. Michael

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in […]

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Witches, Ghosts and Magic: What Catholics Believe

by Page Zyromski (St. Anthony Messenger) Matt called one of those psychic hotline numbers advertised on television. His parents didn’t find out until they saw the whopping charge on their phone bill. I asked Matt why he did it and he says he was just curious. He’s still delivering pizzas to pay off his debt. […]

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Litany to St. Michael the Archangel

(For private recitation) 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, God, the Holy Spirit, Holy Mary, pray for us. Queen of the Legions of […]

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Oh Lord, Thy will be done …

Mary knew, as even we poor mortals know, that the perfection of our lives consists in their conformity with the will of God. She had no intention or desire of ever becoming a mother. Nevertheless, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared and announced to her that God had chosen her to be the mother of the […]

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