The Angel of Happy Meetings

 

Saint Raphael is traditionally invoked by those seeking a spouse. These are two especially beautiful prayers for his intercession in this matter (in the second, the ‘he’, ‘man’, ‘husband’, etc., can always be replaced with feminine terms for the use of a young man).

Dear Saint Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those we are waiting for, and those who are waiting for us. May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by thy light and transfigured by thy joy.

Angel guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to thee at the feet of Him on whose unveiled face thou art privileged to gaze. (Mention your request.) Lonely and weary, deeply grieved by the separation and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling out to thee and of pleading for the protection of thy wings so that we may not be as strangers in the province of joy.

Remember the weak, thou who art strong, whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene and bright with the resplendent glory of God.

Amen.

 Saint Raphael, loving patron of those seeking a spouse, assist me in this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in life the man whose character reflects many of the traits of Jesus and Mary. May he be upright, loyal, pure, sincere, and noble, so that with united efforts, and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.

Saint Raphael, Angel of chaste courtship, bless our friendship and our love that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely that our future home may ever be most like the home of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Offer thy prayers to God for the both of us, and obtain the blessing of God upon our marriage, as thou wert the herald of blessing for the marriage of Tobiah and Sarah.

Saint Raphael, friend of the young, be a friend to me, for I shall always be thine. I desire ever to invoke thee in my needs.

To thy special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future husband. Direct me to the man with whom I can best cooperate in doing God’s holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, charity, and harmony in this life, and attain to eternal joy in the next.

Amen.