Feast Day: Bright Tuesday (April 9th)
The Life of Saint Raphael: For many years a Monk had been seen walking on the hill at Kayres in Lesvos…
Apolytikion: Having contended on Lesvos for the sake of Christ God, you have Sanctified the island since the discovery of your Sacred Relics, O Blessed ones; for what reason we honour you, O God-bearing Raphael, together with Nicholas and Virgin Irene, as our Divine protectors and intercessors with the Lord.
Kontakion: Let all of us honour as our protectors and miracle-workers the Holy Martyrs who manifestly contended for Christ. Whose Relics were hidden under the Earth for many years, and who have manifested themselves to us in wondrous ways, Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, as well as those who contended with them in a godly-minded manner.
Megalynarion: Let us honour with hymns the Hosiomartyrs of Christ, divine Raphael and venerable Nicholas, together with Irene, the guardians of Lesvos, for helping all.
In 1463, Saint Raphael, Saint Nicholas and Saint Irene were all Martyred together, along with other Holy Martyrs of Thermi.
Quotes by Saint Raphael
“Fasting should be accompanied by a Virtuous life.”
“Patience adorns the Soul with diamonds which are not of the Earth, but belong to the Jerusalem that is above.”
“O man, protect yourself from sin in order to gain Paradise.”
“Patience is a Heavenly Gift, a Gift from the Heavenly Father… With patience and love for your fellow men, you become a victor in life’s continual trials.”
“Christian, all mornings are yours, but Sunday morning belongs to God. Do not forget this.”
“Do not hurt your fellow man, neither in word or deed.”
“Donors to Churches have the Blessing of God. A donor to the House of God becomes a recipient of God’s Gifts.”
“Repentance resurrects man.”
“When God Blesses all is delightful, beneficial and prosperous.”