St. Gabriel

the Archangel

Feastday: September 29th

Patron of: messengers, telecommunication workers, postal workers

Archangel

     St. Gabriel is an angel who serves as a messenger for God to certain people. He is one of the three
archangels. Gabriel is mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible. First, in the Old
Testament, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel to explain his visions. Gabriel is described as, "one who
looked like man," as he interprets Daniel's visions. He speaks to Daniel while he is sleeping. After Gabriel's
first visit, Daniel becomes tired and sick for days. Gabriel later visits Daniel again providing him with more
insight and understanding in an answered prayer.
      In the New Testament, Gabriel, described as "an angel of the Lord," first appears to Zacharias, the father of
John the Baptist. He tells him, "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear
thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at
his birth." Luke 1:13.
      After Elizabeth conceived and was six months pregnant, Gabriel appears again. The Book of Luke states he
was sent from God to Nazareth to visit the virgin married to a man named Joseph. Gabriel said to Mary,
"Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Luke 1:28.
"Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
     31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
      32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the
throne of his father David:
     33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:30-
     33Gabriel told Mary she would conceive from The Holy Ghost and the baby will be the Son of God.
     After the Annunciation of Mary, Gabriel is not spoken of again.
     Gabriel's attributes are the Archangel; he is clothed in blue or white; and is seen carrying a lily, a trumpet, a
shining lantern, a branch from Paradise, a scroll or a scepter. In art, Gabriel is most commonly represented in
the scene of the Annunciation. In art, Gabriel is often represented in the scene of the Annunciation.
     He is occasionally cited as the one who blows God's trumpet to indicate the Lord's return to Earth. However,
the person designated with this task varies; different passages cite different people. The earliest known
identification of Gabriel as the trumpet holder comes in 1455 represented in Byzantine art.
-from Catholic.org

Prayer to St. Gabriel

 O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

-catholic.org