Orthodox Remembrance Day: 8 November

Remembrance Day Catholic: 29. September

Name means: Healer with God’s help (Hebrew)


Attributes: pilgrim clothing, travel utensils, fish

Patron: the sick, pharmacists, travelers, pilgrims, emigrants, sailors, roofers and miners; against eye ailments and diseases in general

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Raphael is considered the regent of the second heaven, the protective angel for the tree of life in the Garden of Paradise Eden, one of the seven angels around God’s throne. He had given Noah the book with the instructions for building the ark. In Ethiopian Enoch – a book of Jewish reflections on the world and God written from the 3rd to the 1st century BC – he is considered one of the four emergency helpers who are placed above all the diseases and wounds of the children of men (chapter 1).


Raphael became the epitome of the guardian angel in the Middle Ages, depicted with the six wings of the seraphs; but at the same time it belongs to the cherubim. He is considered the friendliest and funniest in the angel crowd. He has his sunny disposition because he is considered the ruler of the sun.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Raphael, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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