Venerated: All of Christianity; Islam; Judaism
Feast Day: September 29 (with Saint Michael and Saint Raphael)
Patronages: Telecommunications Workers; Radio Broadcasters; Messengers; Postal Workers; Clerics; Diplomats; Stamp Collectors; Ambassadors
PLACES: Portugal; Santander, Cebu
The Archangels (Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael)
Saint Michael - Patron of Policemen
Saint Gabriel - Patron of Communications Workers
Saint Raphael - Patron of Travelers
Angels are spirits without bodies, who possess superior intelligence, gigantic strength, and surpassing holiness. They enjoy an intimate relationship to God as His special adopted children, contemplating, loving, and praising Him in heaven. Some of them are frequently sent as messengers to men from on high.
This feast celebrates three Angels who were sent by God to man over the course of the ages: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. They are termed Archangels, the second of nine choirs of Angels, which are in descending order: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.
The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the war cry of the good Angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes Saint Michael as "one of the chief princes," and as leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector of the Church from the time of the Apostles. Although he is always called "the Archangel," the Green Fathers and many others place him over all the Angels - as Prince of the Seraphim.
PRAYER: God, with great wisdom You direct the ministry of Angels and men. Grant that those who always minister to You in heaven may defend us during our life on earth. Amen.