Raphael is known as the angel of healing. He’s full of compassion on people who are struggling physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Raphael works to bring people closer to God so they can experience the peace God wants to give them. He’s often associated with joy and laughter. Raphael also works to heal animals and the Earth, so people connect him to animal care and environmental efforts. People sometimes ask for Raphael’s help to heal them (of illnesses or wounds that are physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature), help them overcome addictions, lead them to love, and keep them safe while traveling.
The feast day of Raphael was included for the first time in the General Roman Calendar in 1921, for celebration on October 24. With the reform of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1969, the feast was transferred to September 29 for celebration together with archangels Saints Michael and Gabriel. Due to Pope Benedict XVI's Summorum Pontificum, the Roman Catholic Church still permits use of the 1962 calendar, allowing both feast days.
Patronage: apothecaries; blind people; bodily ills; diocese of Madison, WI, druggists; archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; eye problems; guardian angels; happy meetings; insanity; lovers; mental illness; nightmares, nurses; pharmacists; physicians; archdiocese of Seattle, Washington; shepherds; sick people; travelers; young people. Apparitions The Archangel Raphael is said to have appeared in Cordova, Spain, during the 16th century; in response to the City’s appeal, Pope Innocent X allowed the local celebration of a feast in the Archangel’s honor on May 7, the date of the principal apparition. St. John of God, founder of the Hospital order that bears his name, is also said to have received visitations from St. Raphael, who encouraged and instructed him. In tribute to this, many of the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God’s facilities are called “Raphael Centers” to this day. The 18th century Neapolitan nun, St. Maria Francesca of the Five Wounds is also said to have seen an apparition of Raphael.
Literature- Main article: Paradise Lost  The angel Raphael, along with many other prominent angels, appears in John Milton's Paradise Lost, in which he is assigned by God to re-warn Adam concerning the sin of eating of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He also expounds to Adam the War in Heaven in which Lucifer and the demons fell, and the creation of the Earth…
Superhuman Senses/Superhuman Agility
- Nigh-Omnipotence -Rivaled only by his Archangel bretheren. Being an Archangel, he is louder, larger, and more powerful than other angels.
- Omniscience -Raphael's knowledge, cleverness, and wisdom is superhuman.
- Electrokinesis - he has the power to manipulate electricity, lightning and thunder.Immortality - Raphael will never die or grow old.
- Possession - Raphael can take possession of humans and animals.
- Superhuman Strength - Raphael possesses supernatural strength that allows him to easily move stars and shatter planets with his bare hands.
- Superhuman Speed - Raphael can travel from one end of the cosmos to another instantly.Superhuman Stamina - Raphael does not need to eat, sleep, breathe, or blink.
Clairvoyance - Raphael possesses supernatural perceptions that allow him to percieve or sense things that humans, animals, and even most monsters cannot. He can see and hear spiritual beings (even while they are within a human vessel), beings who are invisible, and he can see into dimesnional barriers. He can determine a person's emotional state by their smell.
- Cryokinesis - Raphael the ability to slow down the vibrations of particles/atoms in matter to alter temperature, possibly to the point of freezing an object completely.
- Chronokinesis - Raphael can slow or halt time at will.
- Thermokinesis - Raphael can heighten or lower his own body temperature or that of other creatures, enviorments, or objects.
- Mental Manipulation - Raphael can erase, fabricate, or restore a person's memories.
- Sedation - Raphael can induce unconsciousness in humans by touching their forehead.
- Aerokinesis - Raphael has the power to control manifest energy, wind currents, and control air...
- Holy White Light - Raphael can summon, create, or radiate blinding light. He can use the light offensively and bring light with his presence.
- Invulnerability - Raphael is impervious to harm or discomfort. He is resistant to most magical or supernatural forces. Demonic and even godly magic is powerless against him. His human vessel is immune to possession by any outside entity or force (e,g, demons, ghosts, pagan gods, other angels, ect.) .
- Indomitable Will - Raphael cannot feel fear or any other negative emotions.
- Invisibility - Raphael can make himself unseen and unheard by any or all creatures.
- Terrakinesis - Raphael can cause tremors, earthquakes, and avvalanches either throught thought or merely his presence.
- Healing Touch - Raphael can magically heal others of their wonds and ailments with a simple touch. He can regrow or reattach severed limbs.
- Intangibility - Raphael can easily pass through solid matter.
- Vanquishing - Raphael can vanquish humans, animals, and monsters just by touching them.
- Pyrokinesis - Raphael can create, summon, and control fire.
- Telekinesis - Raphael can move objects with his mind.
Swordsmanship - Raphael is a master swordsman. He can use swords, scythes, and axes in ways that are impossible for humans to achieve.
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The name of this archangel (Raphael = "God has healed") does not appear in the Hebrew Scriptures, and in the Septuagint only in the Book of Tobias. Here he first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself "Azarias the son of the great Ananias". The story of the adventurous journey during which the protective influence of the angel is shown in many ways including the binding "in the desert of upper Egypt" of the demon who had previously slain seven husbands of Sara, daughter of Raguel, is picturesquely related in Tobit 5-11, to which the reader is referred. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobias, Azarias makes himself known as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tobit 12:15. Cf. Revelation 8:2). Of these seven "archangels" which appear in the angelology of post-Exilic Judaism, only three, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, are mentioned in the canonical Scriptures. The others, according to the Book of Enoch (cf. xxi) are Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jerahmeel, while from other apocryphal sources we get the variant names Izidkiel, Hanael, and Kepharel instead of the last three in the other list. Regarding the functions attributed to Raphael we have little more than his declaration to Tobias (Tobit 12) that when the latter was occupied in his works of mercy and charity, he (Raphael) offered his prayer to the Lord, that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sara, his son's wife, from the devil. The Jewish category of the archangels is recognized in the New Testament (1 Thessalonians 4:15; Jude 9), but only Gabriel and Michael are mentioned by name. Many commentators, however, identify Raphael with the "angel of the Lord" mentioned in John 5. This conjecture is base both on the significance of the name and on the healing role attributed to Raphael in the Book of Tobias. The Church assigns the feast of St. Raphael to 24 October. The hymns of the Office recall the healing power of the archangel and his victory over the demon. The lessons of the first Nocturn and the Antiphons of the entire Office are taken from the Book of Tobias, and the lessons of the second and third Nocturns from the works of St. Augustine, viz. for the second Nocturn a sermon on Tobias (sermon I on the fifteenth Sunday), and for the third, a homily on the opening verse of John 5. The Epistle of the Mass is taken from the twelfth chapter of Tobias, and the Gospel from John 5:1-4, referring to the pool called Probatica, where the multitude of the infirm lay awaiting the moving of the water, for "an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved.And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under". Thus the conjecture of the commentators referred to above is confirmed by the official Liturgy of the Church.