Patron Saint Retablo Plaque - San Rafael Archangel

Patron Saint Retablo Plaque - San Rafael Archangel
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About the 'San Rafael' Retablo Plaque

Long a popular folk art form in colonial Spanish and Mexican culture, retablos are devotional paintings depicting divine icons and symbols, particularly Catholic patron saints. Chosen as representations and guardians of particular occupations and life situations, patron saints are often turned to in times of need or to express gratitude for a blessing. Displayed in homes to honor the saint or given as gifts of fortune and inspiration, retablos reflect a beloved historical tradition and cultural artistry.

Made by hand in New Mexico, this retablo plaque honors San Rafael (Archangel Raphael). An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon hand-carved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging and a story of the saint's life.

Recognized in several religions, Rafael's name means 'Shining One who Heals' and tradition says his mission has always been one of healing. In the Old Testament, Rafael appears to Tobias as a pilgrim who travels with him, protecting him in many ways, including binding a demon in Egypt. Later, Rafael reveals himself as the Archangel, helping Tobias catch a fish that cures his father, Tobit, of blindness. In the Gospel of John of the New Testament, he is believed to the the angel who stirs the water at the healing pool of Bethesda. San Rafael is typically depicted holding a staff, symbolizing protection of pilgrims, and a fish, alluding to the healing of Tobit.
San Rafael (Archangel Raphael) is recognized as the patron saint of healers, fisherman, travelers, and young people leaving home. 'Glorious Archangel Rafael, angel of compassion, angel of knowledge and humor, overseer of the evening wind, protector of travelers, angel of love and joy, with your wisdom and grace may you spread your wings around me, the Earth, and its creatures, and all those who suffer in confusion, frightened and afraid. Heal our hearts, bodies, and minds.'

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~ Made in the USA ~

size: 3.3" wide x 7.75" high x 0.75" thick
weight: 5 oz.
materials: wood
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