In the Catholic Church, there is a patron saint for nearly everything you could think of: beekeepers, spelunkers, hangovers, clowns, beer-making, astronauts, lumberjacks, and seamstresses. Basically, you name it, and the saints have it covered.
But did you know there is a Patron Saint of Single People looking for a spouse?
Saint Raphael the Archangel, one of only 3 angels specifically named in scripture, appears in the Book of Tobit. In the story, Tobias wants to begin the relationship to his beloved, Sarah, whom God has given to him by an honest and truthful prayer before the marriage bed. St. Raphael is sent from God to help the healing of not only Tobias’s father, but also the deliverance of Sarah from the devil.
By obeying St. Raphael, and taking the live ashes of incense with the heart and liver of the fish, the devil is expelled once and for all from the presence of Sarah. Tobias is now free to be with his intended bride. The couple then gives praise to God, with Tobias praying from his heart his sincere and true intentions toward this woman he is about to be with the rest of his life.
“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).
The Word of God here is telling us that this is a model of true love and marriage, and how honor toward one’s mate should be shown. Marriage is seen as a holy union between two people who love each other, want to be faithful to God, and spread that love to family and others. If you are single looking for your match, Saint Raphael the Archangel can be a powerful and effective intercessor.
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