September 29, 2017
Archangel Images


Tell me a little about the angel St Michael, St Gabriel and St Rafael?


The Archangels 

The archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are honored on September 29; October 2 is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. 

Michael has been widely venerated by Jews and Christians alike, and because of a passage from the Book of Revelation describing him as leading the angels

in the war against Satan and his followers (12:7-9), Michael is considered the patron saint of soldiers. 

Gabriel is the archangel who appeared first to Zechariah and announced the conception of John the Baptist (Luke 1:10-20), and then to Mary to announce

God's plan to make her the mother of the Savior (Luke 1:26-38). 

Raphael is the angel who cured the Old Testament hero Tobit of his blindness (Tobit 11:7-15). St. Gregory the Great (Pope from 590-604) wrote: "You should be

aware that the word 'angel' denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of Heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels

when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of supreme importance are called archangels.... Some angels are given proper names to

denote the service they are empowered to perform.... Thus, Michael means 'Who is like God?,' Gabriel is 'The Strength of God,' and Raphael is 'God's R