Our Guardian Angel Greeting Card is perfect way to remind your children that you are thinking about them. This card shows the Archangel Raphael accompanying and protecting the young Tobias as he carries a massive red fish. Measuring 5.75 x 4.5 inches, this greeting card is blank inside. This is a poignant depiction of the Archangel Raphael and Tobias together. Raphael (in Hebrew רָפָאֵל, Rāfāʾēl,) means “God heals.” This the perfect greeting card for the Archangel Raphael’s feast day on September 29th. This greeting card is also most fitting for this name day, a birthday, or for anyone named Raphael or Rafael (Rafael “Rafa” Nadal! Tennis, anyone?).
Archangel Raphael – Companion, Healer and Protector
An “archangel” – in Greek, a “chief angel” is an angel higher in rank. The New Testament only names Michael (Jude 1:9) explicitly as an archangel. Yet in Roman Catholic tradition, both Raphael and Gabriel are also archangels. On September 29th, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael. Raphael is the angel in the (deuterocanonical) Book of Tobit who accompanies Tobias, the son of Tobit, on his way to Media where he meets and marries Sarah. On this greeting card, Tobias holds the fish which is the means by which Raphael protects him from the demon Asmodeus, as well as the means by which Raphael heals Tobit’s blindness (for more on Tobias and the fish, see History/Story tab).
The Story of Tobias in the Book of Tobit (And what a story it is!)
Tobit returns to Nineveh, where he buries a man who had been murdered on the street. That night, Tobit sleeps out in the open but is stricken blind by bird droppings which fall into his eyes. Tobit’s blindness puts a huge strain on his marriage and he begins to long and pray for death. Meanwhile, in faraway Media a young woman named Sarah has prayed for death in her despair. The demon of lust, Asmodeus (“the worst of demons”), abducts and kills every man whom Sarah marries on their wedding night before the marriage can be consummated. God sends the angel Raphael (disguised as a human) to heal Tobit and free Sarah from Asmodeus. The narrative focuses on Tobit’s son, Tobias (or Tobiah or Tobiyah – Greek: Τωβίας Tobias), who is sent by his father to collect money that Tobit has deposited in distant Media. Raphael presents himself to Tobias as Tobit’s kinsman, Azariah, and offers to aid and protect him on his journey. With Raphael as his guide, Tobias sets off with his dog to Media. Along the way, while Tobias is washing his feet in the river Tigris, a fish tries to swallow his foot. Raphael orders him to catch the fish and remove its heart, liver and gall bladder. After they arrive in Media, Raphael tells Tobias of the beautiful Sarah, whom Tobias has the right to marry since he is her cousin and closest relative. Tobias and Sarah marry. Raphael instructs Tobias to burn the fish’s liver and heart to drive away the demon Asmodeus on their wedding night. The fumes of the burning organs drive the demon away to Upper Egypt, where Raphael follows and binds him. Assuming that Tobias would be killed by Asmodeus, Sarah’s father had been digging a grave to secretly him. Surprised to find his son-in-law alive and well, he orders a sumptuous wedding feast and has the grave secretly filled. Since the feast prevents him from leaving, Tobias sends Raphael to recover his father’s money. After the feast, Tobias and Sarah return to Nineveh. There, Raphael tells the youth to use the fish’s gall to cure his father’s blindness. Raphael then reveals his identity and returns to Heaven, and Tobit sings a hymn of praise. Tobit tells his son to leave Nineveh before God destroys it according to prophecy. After the prayer, Tobit dies at an advanced age. After burying his father and mother, Tobias returns to Media with his family.