Saint Gabriel the Archangel

Saint Saint Gabriel the Archangel  chaplet information

Also Known as: Fortitudo Dei
Memorial: 29 September (formerly 24 March)

Profile Archangel. Messenger of God. One of the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible. Appeared to the prophetDaniel to explain the prophet's visions relating to the Messiah. (Daniel 8:16-26; 9:21) Appeared to Zachary in the temple to announce the coming of Zachary's son, John the Baptist, and to strike Zachary mute for his disbelief. (Luke 1:11-20) Appeared to Mary to let her know she'd been selected to bear the Saviour. (Luke 1:25-38)

Born: not applicable
Died : hasn't

Name Meaning God is my strength; God is mighty; man of God; the strength of God

Patronage Argentinian ambassadors, broadcasters, clergy, communications workers, diplomats, messengers, philatelists, Portugal, post offices, postal services, postal workers, radio workers, archdiocese of Seattle Washington, secular clergy, stamp collectors, telecommunications workers, telegraphs, telephones, television, television workers

You should be aware that the word "angel" denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.

And so it was that not merely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary. It was only fitting that the highest angel should come to announce the greatest of all messages.... So too Gabriel, who is called God's strength, was sent to Mary. He came to announce the One who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers. Thus God's strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenly powers, mighty in battle.
from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Picture and History taken from:
(Jones, Terry H. Patron Saints Index. 2002. (11-12, 2002)
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