Today being the feast day of SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael I felt led to write a short post as they are among my favourites.
St Michael – whose name means “Who is like God?”, is found in the Book of Daniel (chapters 10 & 12), the Book of Revelation (12:7-9) and the Letter of Jude (9). He is one of the principal angels.
St Gabriel – whose name means “Power of God”, is the archangel who stands in the presence of God (Luke 1:19). He is also found in the Book of Daniel (8: 16; 9:21) and in the New Testament (Luke1:10 and 19; Luke 1:26). He is the patron of postal, telephone and telegraph workers.
St Raphael – whose name means “God has healed”, is found in the Book of Tobit (12: 12 and 15). He is the patron of travellers.
Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.