THE HOLY ARCHANGELS
SAINT MICHAEL, SAINT GABRIEL
AND SAINT RAPHAEL
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER
"M-I-CA-EL," or "Who is
like to God ?" Such was the cry of the great Archangel when he smote the
rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts, and from that hour he
has been known as "Michael," the captain of the armies of God, the type of
divine fortitude, the champion of every faithful soul in strife with the
powers of evil. Thus he appears in Holy Scripture as the guardian of the
children of Israel, their comfort and protector in times of sorrow or
conflict. He it is who prepares for their return from the Persian
captivity, who leads the valiant Maccabees to victory, and who rescues the
body of Moses from the envious grasp of the Evil One. And since Christ's
coming the Church has ever venerated St. Michael as her special patron and
protector. She invokes him by name in her confession of sin, summons him
to the side of her children in the agony of death, and chooses him as
their escort from the chastening flames of purgatory to the realms of holy
light. Lastly, when Antichrist shall have set up his kingdom on earth, it
is Michael who will unfurl once more the standard of the Cross, sound the
last trump, and binding together the false prophet and the beast, hurl
them for all eternity into the burning pool.
says Saint Bernard, "any grievous temptation or vehement sorrow oppresses
thee, invoke thy guardian, thy leader; cry out to him, and say, 'Lord,
save us, lest we perish,' "
was the angel that announced to the Virgin Mary that she would carry and
take care of the Christ Child who would save mankind from its sins (Luke
26 And in the sixth month, the angel
Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house
of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with
herself what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found
grace with God.
31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son;
and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High;
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and
he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know
35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And
therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the
Son of God.
36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in
her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:
37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.
38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me
according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
It was Saint Gabriel who
told Zachariah of the birth of Saint John the Baptist (Luke 1: 5-22):
5 There was in the days of Herod, the
king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia;
and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth.
6 And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments
and justifications of the Lord without blame.
7 And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren, and they both
were well advanced in years.
8 And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the
order of his course before God,
9 According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to
offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord.
10 And all the multitude of the people was praying without, at the hour
11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the
right side of the alter of incense.
12 And Zachary seeing him, was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is
heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt
call his name John:
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice in his
15 For he shall be great before the Lord; and shall drink no wine nor
strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from
his mother's womb.
16 And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias; that he
may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the
incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a
18 And Zachary said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? for I am
an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.
19 And the angel answering, said to him: I am Gabriel, who stand
before God: and am sent to speak to thee, and to bring thee these good
20 And behold, thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be able to speak
until the day wherein these things shall come to pass, because thou
hast not believed my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.
21 And the people were waiting for Zachary; and they wondered that he
tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak to them: and they
understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs
to them, and remained dumb.
Saint Gabriel is also
mentioned in the Book of Daniel (8:16, 9:21).
which means "the healer of God," is known to be an angel of healing. In
the book of Tobias, it says that Raphael was sent to heal Tobias and his
son's future wife, Sara (Chapter 3:25):
And later on in the book of Tobias
(12:14-18), the angel Raphael says concerning himself:
25 And the holy angel of the Lord,
Raphael was sent to heal them both, whose prayers at one time were
rehearsed in the sight of the Lord.
14 And now the Lord hath sent me
to heal thee, and to deliver Sara thy son's wife from the devil.
15 For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the
16 And when they had heard these things, they were troubled, and being
seized with fear they fell upon the ground on their face.
17 And the angel said to them: Peace be to you, fear not.
18 For when I was with you, I was there by the will of God: bless ye
him, and sing praises to him.
PRAYER: Ask these three
Archangels to intercede for you and your family members to bring you
protection, peace and blessings, and healing. Saint Michael, Saint
Gabriel and Saint Raphael, pray for us!