Enter St. Raphael

Well I got very nervous with the hcg draws, living and dying by the numbers as you can imagine! Well, I got an hcg that was less than favorable-from 1201 on Jan. 26th to 1838 on Jan. 28th up only 77% of what it should be. Well I got very nervous after that. As I mentioned, DH and I have named our saints after archangels-Michael (because he was such a fighter!) and Gabby. Because of the dip, I looked into the archangel Raphael, as I know nothing about him. Of course, I about fell off my chair when three inch letters on the monitor read Raphael: God has healed. Obviously, I think this is very significant. And as I read the book of Tobit last night, I realized that St. Raphael the archangel played a significant role in the first reading DH and I chose for our wedding, where he and Sarah prayed. I invited friends, family, our faith community including our priest, and all those amazing women on the IF chat boards to join me in a novena (9 day prayer) to St. Raphael to ask for healing for DH and I and the baby.

NOVENA TO ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)
Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God," I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (state your specific request or intention here!) and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
St. Raphael, of the glorious seven who stand before the throne of Him who lives and reigns, Angel of health, the Lord has filled your 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

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