Today I celebrate the feast of the Archangels in art throughout history. Although angels are mentioned over 3000 times in scripture, but these three are the only ones ever mentioned by name.
St. Michael- Who is like God
St. Gabriel- Strength of God
St. Raphael- Divine Healer
The Archangel Michael
St. Michael is the prince of the Angels, the warrior Angel, fighting first Satan and his demons from the beginning, then, in the course of time, all the enemies of God’s own People. He is “the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people.”
As of old, so today, Saint Michael is the great defender of the Church of Christ on earth.
Archangel St. Gabriel
Immediately before the coming of Christ we meet the Archangel Gabriel in the temple of Jerusalem, announcing to Zachary the birth of a son, John the Baptist, the precursor of Christ: “I am Gabriel, who stand before God, and am sent to speak to thee, and to bring thee these good tidings.”
The greatest and by far the most joyful message ever given to an Angel from the beginning of time, was the one brought by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, announcing the birth of Christ. This message is as simple and as it is awesome.
Sheila Diemert-St. Gabriel the Archangel
Archangel Gabriel Author, Ivanka Demchuk Ukraine
Andrea della Robbia, Annunciazione, 1490 ca. Firenze, Ospedale degli Innocenti
In angelophany, Saint Raphael reveals himself as a divine healer not only of physical infirmities, the blindness of old Tobias but also of spiritual afflictions and diabolical vexations, as in the case of Sara, young Tobias’ wife. St. Raphael, “medicine of God,” cured Tobit’s eyes (Tob 3:17), protected Tobias in his travels, and led him to Sarah for marriage. Raphael said: “Praise God and give thanks to Him in the presence of all the living for what he has done for you” (Tob 12:6).
Archangel Raphael, is the angel of love and joy, is the patron of physicians, travelers ,
and young people discerning vocations.