Tomorrow, Barangay San Rafael of Bulusan will celebrate the Feast of Saint Raphael. The saint according to several web references is the saint for happy meetings and endings. For those who are still single and those who are not so lucky in meeting the ‘one’ are encouraged to pray and ask for the saint’s intercession.
I know this is quite late for me nevertheless I’ll give this a try – praying for the ‘happily ever after’ wish. The pursuit of happiness in this area is in the heart of many including myself and Saint Raphael is the saint most identified with this specific petition/prayer. Admittedly, the mere act of posting this thought already makes me smile. Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it.
Here is a copy of the prayer to Saint Raphael for fellow singles out their still pining for that elusive happiness borrowed from a site dedicated to St. Raphael:
Prayer to Saint Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings
O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are
waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand
towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their
movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your joy.
Angel guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet
of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and
tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need
of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so
that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of
the concerns of our country.
Remember the weak, you who are strong–you 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.
It is also said that Saint Raphael is a bearer of good news. In Barangay San Rafael in Bulusan however the locals’ prayers to the saint traditionally center on good health and healing of the sick.
This prayer is most likely the essence of the celebration of the Feast of Saint Raphael in Bulusan:
of the glorious seven
who stand before the throne of Him
who lives and reigns.
Angel of health,
the Lord has filled thy hand
with balm from heaven
to soothe or cure our pains.
Heal or cure the victim of disease.
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.
It is with these beautiful thoughts that I greet my town mates from San Rafael with a big Happy Fiesta! Viva San Rafael!
Photos : Alma P. Gamil