Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael These archangels are protectors of human beings and we have been told about each of them from the Bible.
St. Michael’s name means “who is like God?” In the book of Revelations we read of the Great War that took place in heaven. St. Michael and his angels battled with Satan. Michael became the champion of loyalty of God and the protector of the people of God. Irenaeus of Lyons regarded St. Michael as the leader of the heavenly hosts.
St. Gabriel’s name means “the power of God”. He has become familiar to us because St. Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of our Saviour. St. Gabriel also announced to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son and to name him John. Gabriel is the messenger of the Good News.
St. Raphael’s name means “God has healed”. His story is mentioned in the book of Tobit, and brought healing to Tobit who was blind and accompanied Tobiah (Tobit’s son) on his journey. St. Raphael revealed he was one of the seven angels who stands before God’s throne.
On this day, we celebrate the power and glory of God. We thank God for giving us the angels as a source of hope and comfort, and we look forward to the day when we might be able to see the angels for ourselves then we see the glory of God shining in the firmament of heaven.