Raphael the Archangel

[Raphael the Archangel]
Also known as

  • Azariah
  • Angel of Love
  • Angel of Joy

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Archangel. One of the three angels mentioned by name in Scripture, and one of the seven that stand before God’s throne. Lead character in the deutero-canonical book of Tobit in which he travelled with (and guarded) Tobiah, and cured a man’s blindness; hence his connection with travellers, young people, blindness, healing and healers. Traditionally considered the force behind the healing power of the sheep pool mentioned in John 5:1-4.

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  • wasn’t

Died

  • hasn’t

Name Meaning

  • God has healed
  • Healer from God
  • God’s remedy
  • It is God who heals
  • God Heals
  • God, Please Heal

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You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.

Raphael means…God’s remedy, for when he touched Tobit’s eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus, since he is to heal, he is rightly caused God‘s remedy.

from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

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  • “Raphael the Archangel“. Saints.SQPN.com. 5 October 2013. Web. 19 April 2014. <>