Byzantine Prayer to the Angels

Unworthy as we are, we pray to thee, O leaders of the heavenly hosts, to cover us by thy prayers with the protection of the wings of thine immaterial glory, preserving us who come to thee and earnestly cry, "Deliver us from sorrows, O chiefs of the powers above."

Prayer to Saint Raphael the Archangel

Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of Wisdom and grace, guide of travelers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the "physician of God," I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

From the Roman Breviary

Angel-guardians of men, spirits and powers we sing,
Whom our Father hath sent, aids to our weakly frame,
Heavenly friends and guides, help from on high to bring
Lest we fail through the foemen's wile.

From the Roman Missal

O God, Who in a wonderful order hast established the ministry of Angels and of men, mercifully grant that, as Thy holy Angels ever do Thee service in Heaven, so they may at all times protect us on earth.



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