Have you heard that there is a patron saint for those looking for a spouse? Believe us there is!
Patron Saints are a common thing in the Catholic Church. We have patron saints for just about anything you can think of. There are patron saints for bakers, cabinet makers, fireworks makers, nurses, sailors, farmers and even patron saints for arms dealers! If you have a need, the saints have you covered.
Back to our topic at hand. Saint Raphael the Archangel has been designated by the Church as a Patron Saint of Single people. Raphael holds the honor of being one of only three angels named by name in the Bible. His role in this capacity is due to a story that appears in the Book of Tobit. As the story goes, Raphael persuades a man named Tobias to take Sarah as his wife. However, there is cause for Tobias to be concerned. Sarah has been married seven times, and seven times Sarah has seen her husband killed on their wedding night by a demon.
Raphael convinces Tobias that he will not be the eighth victim. He gave Tobias explicit directions on how to drive the demon away. After successfully completing this task, Tobias and Sarah pray together thanking God for his mercy and deliverance.
“Now, not with lust, but with fidelity I take this kinswoman as my wife. Send down your mercy on me and on her, and grant that we may grow old together. Bless us with children” (Tobit 8: 7-8).
God hears them, and they spend their wedding night in marital bliss.
Saint Raphael today serves as a powerful intercessor for those who are single and looking for their ideal partner for life. This is an important need to fill. Marriage is a sacrament, a vocation in life that joins two people who love each other in a holy union. God himself commissioned Raphael, an archangel, to lead us to the person God has chosen as our spouse from all eternity.
God knows whom he has chosen for each one us. He knows where we are and where they are in the stream of time in eternity. Many times, we might feel as if we need to discover different avenues in finding a partner. Friends and family often try and persuade us to change locals or go to different hotspots to find that special someone. Be consoled in the fact that you are where God wants you to be, doing what he wants you to do. Trust in God’s plan, pray for the intercession of Raphael and you will be ready for the spouse He has been preparing for you, no matter if that comes today, tomorrow or 10 years from now, the person you have sought is worth the wait. St. Raphael, Angel of happy meetings, pray for us!
Prayer for the Intercession of Saint Raphael
St. Raphael, loving patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in my life that person whose character will reflect the traits of Jesus and Mary. May he (she) 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.
In honor of St. Raphael: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.