Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Seven Archangels...

Today is the FEAST DAY of all ARCHANGELS...

ST. MICHAEL ("Who is like God?")

St. Michael is one of the principal angels and is called the prince of the Heavenly Hosts. His name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. In the Bible, his name was mentioned four times.

On Daniel 10:13: Gabriel says to Daniel, when he asks God to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem: "The Angel of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me . . . and, behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me . . . and none is my helper in all these things, but Michael your prince." Again on Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: "At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people."

St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, and sickness.

ST. GABRIEL (God is my strength; God is mighty; strong man of God)

St. Gabriel is also one of the three archangels mentioned by name in the Bible. On Daniel 8:16-26; 9:21, St. Gabriel appeared to prophet Daniel to explain the prophet’s visions relating to the messiah. On Luke 1:11-20, he also appeared to St. Zachary in the temple to announce the coming of St. John the Baptist, the latter’s son, and to strike St. Zachary mute for his disbelief.. Luke 1:25-38 mentions the appearance of the Archangel to the Blessed Virgin Mary to let her know that she had been favored by God the bear Christ Jesus.

St. Gabriel's representations are lily, shield, spear, and trumpet. He is the patron saint of broadcasting, communications, public relations, telecommunications, diplomats and ambassadors, messengers, secular clergy, postal employees

ST. RAPHAEL (God has healed)

The name of Archangel Raphael only appears in the Book of Tobias. Here he first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself "Azarias the son of the great Ananias". The story of the adventurous journey during which the protective influence of the angel is shown in many ways including the binding "in the desert of upper Egypt" of the demon who had previously slain seven husbands of Sarah, daughter of Raguel, is picturesquely related in Tobit 5-11, to which the reader is referred. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobias, Azarias makes himself known as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tobit 12:15).

St. Raphael is also identified as the angel who moved the waters of the healing sheep pool. He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers.

ST. URIEL ("Fire of God," "Flame of God," "Light of GoD)

The Book of Enoch, mentions St. Uriel in many of the component books. In Chapter 19 which is part of "The Book of the Watchers" (2nd century BC) only four Angels are mentioned by name these are Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel. Enoch describes St. Uriel as "one of the holy angels, who is over the world...the leader of them all." In the same Book: "Uriel showed to me, whom the Lord of Glory hath set for over all the luminaries of the Heaven...the sun, moon, and stars, all the ministering creatures which make their revolution in all chariots of the Heaven."

St. Uriel is the patron of lawyers, seeking justice, prophecy.

ST. SEALTIEL (Worship and Contemplation)

St. Sealtiel stands before God with incense in hand in unceasing adoration of the Most Holy Trinity. His Angelic purity transforms love and worship which mortals give to God. He is the supposed Archangel who stopped Abraham from killing his son Isaac as a sacrifice.

ST. JHUDIEL (Bearer of God's Mercy)

St. Jhudiel is one of the Holy Archangels and is said to be the bearer of God's mercy and love. His image is shown to be holding a flaming heart pressed on his chest representing the love of God.

St. Jhudiel is invoked by confessors, social workers.

ST. BARACHIEL (Blessings from God)

St. Barachiel is also one of the seven Archangels. He is sometimes depicted in the Eastern Orthodox Church as holding a white rose against his chest, or with rose petals scattered on his clothing. His responsibilities are as varied as the blessings for which he is named, but he is also the chief of the guardian angels and may be prayed to for all the benefits which the guardian angel is thought to confer if one is not praying to the guardian angel directly. In Catholicism, St. Barachiel is also depicted holding a bread basket.

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