Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
Prayer for the Morning
Let us praise God above all for ever!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
O Lord, the angels’ sheer delight!
Their life reflects your splendor bright;
As we today their praise declare,
May we their joy for ever share.
Saint Michael, be our refuge here,
Preserve us from all useless fear;
Through you may God his peace bestow
On all the nations here below.
Saint Gabriel, be with us this day,
Reveal God’s will to us, we pray;
As Mary once did answer you,
May our response be firm and true.
Saint Raphael, heal our sinful heart,
May God his grace to us impart,
And may you guide us on the way
That we may never go astray.
You walk on the wings of the wind,/ you make the winds your messengers/ and flashing fire your servants. (Ps 104:3-4)
The great archangels—Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael—lead the choirs of those awesome servants of God whom we picture as “wings of the wind” and “flashes of fire,” and to whom we give the name “angel,” meaning “messenger.”
The Lord has set his sway in heaven
and his kingdom is ruling over all.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels,
mighty in power, fulfilling his word,
who heed the voice of his word.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his hosts,
his servants who do his will.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his works,
in every place where he rules.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord!
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 6:1-3)
I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!” they cried one to the other. “All the earth is filled with his glory!”
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! (Is 6:3)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Exult with him, you heavens,/ glorify him, all you angels of God. (Dt 32:43)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
To God who is enthroned upon the seraphim, we pray:
R/We give you thanks and praise!
Through the power of Michael, leader of the heavenly armies in the war against evil:
– protect your people, Lord! R/
Through the word of Gabriel, message-bearer of the Gospel:
– save your people, Lord! R/
Through the intervention of Raphael, companion and healer:
– comfort your people, Lord! R/
O God, in your great wisdom you have given to your angels and to your people each their proper tasks. Grant us their protection, who serve ever in your presence, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.