THE ARCHANGELS AND THEIR FEAST DAYS: MICHEAL, RAPHAEL AND GABRIEL
An angel is a celestial being; they are the first born of all creations. (Nehemiah 9:6) describes them as the “host” or “armies” of heaven, they carry out God’s plan and glorify him, they are messengers of God. There is no known knowledge on the exact numbers of angels in existence but Hebrews 12:22 says But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, this shows that there are a lot of angels. Even though we do not know what angels look like exactly, the bible in Ezekiel 1:5-6 describes them, it says also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
An archangel means chief angel, the word “Arch” means, chief. Archangels are also given the most important messages that must be delivered to humans. They are messengers with higher ranks. The archangels are protectors of the entire mankind. The most popular archangels, who are present in most of the beliefs, are Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
The Archangel Michael
The name Michael means one like God, he is known as the leader who remained faithful to God and cast Lucifer away from heaven at God’s command.
The Archangel Michael also known as st. Michael’s first role is the leader of the Army of God and the leader of heaven’s forces in their triumph over the powers of hell. The numerous representations of Michael in art reflect his character as a warrior: he is shown with a sword, in combat with or triumph over a dragon, from the story in the book of revelation (Apocalypse).
His second duty is to lead the souls of the departed from this life and present them to our Lord for the particular judgment, and at the end of time, for the final judgment.
His third role is, he is the main angel of death, and he weighing people’s souls on scales symbolizes this.
The fourth role of arch angel Michael The great prince” is to protect God’s people even during the struggle between good and evil at the end of the world giving them the chance to redeem themself before the end of their death.
The Archangel Michael Feast day
St. Michael’s feast day differs according to the belief and doctrine of the denominations of the church.
The new calendar eastern orthodox churches celebrate their feast day on 8 November
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates theirs on the 29th September 2021.
St Michael is the patron St. of mariners, police officer’s, paratroopers, and military personnel’s.
The Archangel Raphael
Raphael’s name means “God heals, he is the one of the three known archangels, Tobit 12:14-15 says, “And now God hath sent me to heal thee and Sara thy daughter in law. I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.” This is was where he made himself known. His main duty is healing.
Archangel Raphael’s feast Day
The archangel Raphael feast day is October 24 .
The Archangel Raphael also known as St. Raphael is the patron St. of the blind, happy meetings, nurses, physicians, medical workers, matchmakers, Christian marriage, and Catholic studies.
The Archangel Gabriel
The angel Gabriel is the angel who announced to Mary the mother of Jesus that she has been chosen to bear the child Jesus.
His duty is to make God’s message understandable to people and helps them to accept it with a pure heart, the name Gabriel means God is my strength;
The Archangel St Gabriel’s
Archangel Gabriel’s feast day is 24 March.
the Archangel Gabriel, also known as ST. Gabriel is the patron St. of messengers, those who work for broadcasting and telecommunications such as radio and television, postal workers, clerics, diplomats, and stamp collectors.