14 March 2017

Anglican Patrimony: St Raphael the Archangel


I have a great personal devotion to Holy Raphael the Archangel. The following is from an Office for the Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel from one of the many treasured manuals of prayer in the Anglican patrimony:

From The Day Hours of the Church, London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1950


Hymn. Tibi Christe

Thee, O Christ, the Father's splendour.
Life and virtue of the heart,
In the presence of the Angels
Sing we now with tuneful art:
Meetly in alternate chorus,
Bearing our responsive part.

Hail, all ye angelic princedoms,
Thrones celestial, bathed in light;
Hail, benevolent Physician,
Raphaël, life's Guardian bright,
Binding fast the fiend of darkness
In the glory of thy might.

Oh may Christ beneath thy pinions,
Shield us from all harm this day,
Keep us pure in flesh and spirit,
Guard our footsteps lest they stray,
And hereafter of his mercy,
Bid us reign with him for aye.

Glory to the Sire Eternal
Sing we now in anthems sweet:
Glory to our blest Redeemer,
Glory to the Paraclete.
Triune God, whom all creation
Praiseth, as is right and meet.  Amen.

V. An Angel stood by the altar of the temple.
R. Having a golden censer in his hand.

Antiphon to Magnificat
     Lo, I am* Raphael, the Angel who stands before the Lord: 
     but as for you, bless ye the Lord and tell forth all his wondrous works.

O GOD, who didst give the blessed Archangel Raphael to thy servant Tobias to be his companion on the way: Grant, we beseech thee, to thy servants that we may ever be kept in safety under his protection, be continually defended by his ready help.  Through JESUS CHRIST Our LORD. Amen.

Hail, Queen of Angels, we love thee and thy Child.

All ye Holy Angels and Archangels,
pray for us to the Lord Our God.