Saint Gabriel, the Archangel

Luis Francisco Cavallero

He is renowned as “The Messenger of God” since he always brings good news from the Lord every time he appears through visions to fortunate human-beings here on earth.

The Archangel Saint Gabriel is one of the seven archangels of God. He, alongside with the other Archangels, serve God and His people, as well as, are part of the celestial army. He is renowned as “The Messenger of God” since he always brings good news from the Lord every time he appears through visions to fortunate human-beings here on earth. This fact about him is very much related to the true meaning of the word “angel”. It is derived from the Greek word “aggeslos,” meaning “messenger.” With this, Saint Gabriel the Archangel is truly a wise messenger of the Lord.

His name “Gabriel” means “Man of God” in Hebrew. His name may also mean “God has shown might”. He together with archangels Saint Michael and Saint Raphael, are commonly stated in the holy scriptures found in the Bible. (Saint Michael (Revelation 12: 7-9), Saint Raphael (Tobit 12:15), and Saint Gabriel (Luke 1: 27-28). In art and sacred imagery, he is often times depicted holding a spear found in his right hand. Also, a mirror of jasper having the symbol “X” (which in Greek, is the first letter of the word “Christ”) in his left hand is seen. This mirror implies a message that the prudence of God is mystery and is unknown.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel’s feast day is originally celebrated every 24th of March (after being included in the Roman Calendar in 1921), the day before the Feast of the Annunciation. But in 1969, his feast day was changed. Instead, we celebrate his feast day together with the feast days of Archangels Michael and Raphael, every 29th of September. He is the Patron saint of Messengers, Postal Workers and Communication Workers.

In relation to the points earlier regarding Him being part of the sacred writings in the Holy Bible, Saint Gabriel the Archangel has been a well-known celestial being who emerged to different individuals or religious personas, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is sometimes mentioned by his own name whenever he does an apparition to God’s subjects. In some cases, like when He appeared to Moses, to Mary’s parents, Saints Anne and Joaquim, to the shepherds when Jesus has been given birth by Mary in the manger, to the woman who approached Jesus’ Tomb bringing myrrh, and to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane to make Jesus stronger and more prepared to face future challenges He’ll face, He was unnamed and was thought to be an unknown or ordinary angel of God.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel had done a lot of significant things in relation to the characters in the Bible. It is believed that he trained the Prophet Moses in the wild for him to be able to compose and create the Book of Genesis. He also exposed to Prophet Daniel the coming of Jesus, our Savior (Daniel 8:15-26 and 9:21-27.) In addition to that, he even revealed to Saint Joachim and his spouse, Saint Anne, that Saint Anne will have a baby. Here, they were informed that they will be the parents of the Virgin Mary. Another is that Saint Gabriel the Archangel told Zachariah information on the birth of Saint John the Baptist. (Luke 1: 10-20.)

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