Kay...for this beautiful picture...
and quote from
"He Gently Calls Us"
"Lord Jesus, deign to bestow Thy favors
on those for whom we pray this day."
An Angel...possibly our
gazing at the Eucharist and pleading our prayers to You...
Thank you for all those You gift with the art of Inspiration
and Love for You
They are always
St. Michael the Archangel
A Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael, 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 thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
-- Pope Leo XIII
Michael's name means
"who is like God?" Three books of the Bible speak of St. Michael:
Daniel, Revelation and the Letter of Jude. In the book of Revelation or
the Apocalypse, chapter 12:7-9, we read of a great war that went on in
heaven. Michael and his angels battled with Satan. Michael became the
champion of loyalty to God. We can ask St. Michael to make us strong in
our love for Jesus and in our practice of the Catholic religion.
Supported by the intercession of
Blessed Michael, Thy
Archangel, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that the
service we pay with our lips, we may lay hold of with
our minds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who
lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, world without end. Amen.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, we call upon your Holy Name, and as supplicants
we implore your clemency, that by the intercession of
Blessed Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and
of the glorious Archangel St Michael, You would deign to
help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who
roam about the world for the injury of the human race
and the ruin of souls. Amen.
St Gabriel the
O God, who from among all the Angels did choose the
Archangel Gabriel to announce the Mystery of Thy
Incarnation: mercifully grant that we who keep his feast
on earth may feel the effect of his patronage in heaven.
Who lives and reigns, with God the Father, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen
O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech you, intercede
for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present
necessities, that as you did announce to Mary the
mystery of the Incarnation, so through your prayers and
patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the
same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of
the living. Amen.
Gabriel's name means "the power of God." He, too,
is mentioned in the book of Daniel. He has become familiar to us because
Gabriel is an important person in Luke's Gospel. This archangel
announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of our Savior. Gabriel
announced to Zechariah that he and St. Elizabeth would have a son and
call him John. Gabriel is the announcer, the communicator of the Good
News. We can ask him to help us be good communicators as he was.
St. Raphael the Archangel Prayer
O glorious Archangel, St Raphael, great Prince of the
heavenly court, illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and
grace, guide of those who journey by land or sea,
consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners: I beg
you to assist me in all my needs and in all the
sufferings of this life, as once you did help the young
Tobias on his travels. And because you are the 'Medicine
of God,' I humbly ask you to heal the many infirmities
of my soul, and the ills which afflict my body, if it be
for my greater good. I especially ask of you an angelic
purity, which may fit me to be the temple of the Holy
Be pleased, O Lord God, to send to our aid St Raphael
the Archangel: and may he, who, we believe, stands
forever before the throne of Your Majesty, offer unto
You our humble
petitions to be blessed by You. Through Christ our Lord.
Raphael's name means "God has healed." We read the
touching story of Raphael's role in the Bible's book of Tobit. He
brought protection and healing to the blind Tobit. At the very end of
the journey, when all was completed, Raphael revealed his true identity.
He called himself one of the seven who stands before God's throne. We
can ask St. Raphael to protect us in our travels, even for short
journeys, like going to school. We can also ask him to help when illness
strikes us or someone we love.
Feast of MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AND RAPHAEL,
That every individual soul has a
guardian angel has never been
defined by the Church, and is,
consequently, not an article of
faith; but it is the "mind of the
Church", as St. Jerome expressed it:
"how great the dignity of the soul,
since each one has from his birth an
angel commissioned to guard it."
the Bible this doctrine is clearly
discernible and its development is
well marked. In Genesis 28-29,
angels not only act as the executors
of God's wrath against the cities of
the plain, but they deliver Lot from
danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is
the appointed leader of the host of
Israel, and in 32:34, God says to
Moses: "my angel shall go before
thee." At a much later period we
have the story of Tobias, which
might serve for a commentary on the
words of Psalm 90:11: "For he hath
given his angels charge over thee;
to keep thee in all thy ways." (Cf.
Psalm 33:8 and 34:5.)
This sums up the Old Testament
doctrine on the point; it is clear
that the Old Testament conceived of
God's angels as His ministers who
carried out his behests, and who
were at times given special
commissions, regarding men and
mundane affairs. There is no special
teaching; the doctrine is rather
taken for granted than expressly
laid down; cf. 2 Machabees 3:25;
10:29; 11:6; 15:23.
in the New Testament the doctrine is
stated with greater precision.
Angels are everywhere the
intermediaries between God and man;
and Christ set a seal upon the Old
Testament teaching: "See that you
despise not one of these little
ones: for I say to you, that their
angels in heaven always see the face
of my Father who is in heaven."
(Matthew 18:10). A twofold aspect of
the doctrine is here put before us:
even little children have guardian
angels, and these same angels lose
not the vision of God by the fact
that they have a mission to fulfill
Without dwelling on the various
passages in the New testament where
the doctrine of guardian angels is
suggested, it may suffice to mention
the angel who succoured Christ in
the garden, and the angel who
delivered St. Peter from prison.
Hebrews 1:14 puts the doctrine in
its clearest light: "Are they not
all ministering spirits, sent to
minister for them, who shall receive
the inheritance of salvation?" This
is the function of the guardian
angels; they are to lead us, if we
wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven.
( source - Catholic Encyclopedia -
1913 edition )
Thank you for sharing Jesus with me today.