Friday, October 23, 2009
St. Raphael, Archangel
On September 29 Raphael is included with Michael and Gabriel since 1969, or in the "All Angels" among Lutherans on the same date. The traditional date is October 24. Raphael is mentioned in the Book of Tobit (or Tobias), considered "deuterocanonical" or "apocryphal" depending on one's tradition. The book was declared canonical at the Council of Carthage in 397.
If you get the opportunity, read the Book of Tobit. Here Raphael is mentioned as "one of the seven holy angels." The story revolves around Raphael's role in the marriage of Tobias and Sarah and his works of healing.
In conspéctu Angelórum psallam tibi . . . Ps. 137/138:1