St. Gabriel, the Archangel

St. Gabriel, the Archangel

St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The Church celebrates the feast of the Archangels on on September 29th which includes Sts. Gabriel, Michael and Raphael. These three are the only named Archangels in Scripture and they share the same feast day.

The name Gabriel means “God is my might” or “man of God.” St. Gabriel is a special messenger of God and is the patron saint of communication workers.

St. Gabriel is referred to by name four different times in Scripture. He appears in both the Old and the New Testament in the Book of Daniel and in the Gospel of Luke. In Daniel 8 and 9, Gabriel appears twice to the prophet Daniel as a messenger sent from God to reveal the true meaning of a vision experienced by Daniel and to explain a prophecy that Daniel did not understand.

Gabriel was given the great privilege of announcing the future births of both John the Baptist and Jesus. Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to announce that Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, who was thought to be barren, would bear him a son and he was to call him John. (Luke 1:5-19)

Then, Gabriel appeared to Mary to ask her to become the mother of our Lord, Jesus. “…the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph…And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Gabriel tells Mary that her relative, Elizabeth, has also conceived a son “for nothing is impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37) Mary responded, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)