Feast of the Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael



September 29 is the feast of the Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. These three Archangels are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation.

Michael's name means "Who is like God?"  St. Michael’s name is mentioned four times in the Bible: twice in Daniel and once in both the Book of Revelation and the Epistle of St. Jude. In the book of Revelation 12:7-9, we read of a great war that took place in heaven, in which Michael and his angels battled with Satan and the other fallen angels (devils). Michael became the great champion of faithfulness to God and the victor over evil. Today, he is our protector. He guards the people of God, defends the souls of the just, and brings the souls to their final judgment.  To combat the forces of evil in our world today, we pray the St. Michael the Archangel prayer.  Pope Leo XIII composed the prayer after experiencing a horrific vision of attacks against the Church. The prayer was said at the end of Mass prior to 1968.  Today, in some areas, parishioners continue to recite this powerful prayer after daily Mass.

Patron: Against temptations; against powers of evil; artists; bakers; bankers; battle; boatmen; cemeteries; coopers; endangered children; dying; Emergency Medical Technicians; fencing; grocers; hatmakers; holy death; knights; mariners; mountaineers; paramedics; paratroopers; police officers; radiologists; sailors; the sick; security forces; soldiers; against storms at sea; swordsmiths; those in need of protection; Brussels, Belgium; Caltanissett, Sicily; Cornwall, England; Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Florida; England; Germany; Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama; Papua, New Guinea; Puebla, Mexico; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Sibenik, Croatia; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington; Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Gabriel's name means "the power of God." He, too, is mentioned in the book of Daniel. He has become familiar to us because Gabriel is an important person in Luke's Gospel. This archangel announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of our savior. Gabriel announced to Zechariah that he and St. Elizabeth would have a son and call him John. Gabriel is the announcer, the communicator of the Good News. We can ask him to help us be good communicators as he was.

Patron: Ambassadors; broadcasting; childbirth; clergy; communications; diplomats; messengers; philatelists; postal workers; public relations; radio workers; secular clergy; stamp collectors; telecommunications; Portugal; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.

Raphael's name means "God has healed." We read the touching story of Raphael's role in the Bible's book of Tobit. He brought protection and healing to the blind Tobit. At the very end of the journey, when all was completed, Raphael revealed his true identity. He called himself one of the seven who stands before God's throne. We can ask St. Raphael to protect us in our travels. We can also ask him to help when illness strikes us or someone we love.

Patron: Blind; bodily ills; counselors; druggists; eye problems; guardian angels; happy meetings; healers; health inspectors; health technicians; love; lovers; mental illness; nurses; pharmacists; physicians; shepherds; against sickness; therapists; travelers  young people; young people leaving home for the first time; Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.

Prayer to all the Archangels

St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, be with me today. Protect me from whatever could cause spiritual or physical harm. Help me be faithful to Jesus and a good communicator of his divine love. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer to St. Raphael

Blessed Saint Raphael, Archangel,We beseech thee to help us in all our needs and trials of this life, as thou, through the power of God, didst restore sight and give guidance to young Tobit. We humbly seek thine aid and intercession, that our souls may be healed,our bodies protected from all ills, and that through divine grace we may be made fit to dwell in the eternal Glory of God in heaven. Amen.

Prayer to St. Gabriel

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

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  2. I had no idea that our Catholic Church had a feast day celebrating the Archangels. What is amazing to me is that TWO separate people BOTH posted to me on Facebook within 1 hour of each other (they don't know each other) and told me that the 29th of September (today) is the feast for all three Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. God/Creator apparently felt it so important that I KNOW this information that He did what He always does when He has to get my attention, he Doubles Up and makes sure he "Pounds" the information into me... LOL.. (I tend to ignore God/Creator until he beats me over the head with what he is trying to communicate...) milka (Ludmilla Modic) The Best-Is-Yet-To-Come

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  3. I can NOT believe that our father in heaven has forgotten that it was the ROMAN's who CRUSIfIDE HIS ONLY SON , BUT THEY DID SAY WAY BACK THEN THAT THEY WOULD BE THE RULERS OF ALL MEN . aND GUESS WHAT THEY PRACTICALY RUN THIS AND OTHER COUNTRIES JUST LIKE THEY HAD SAID WAY BACK THEN.

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  4. Thank you for the info & youtube video. 3 for 1 Day. LOL. GBU, The Catholic Church, and The Pope.

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  5. To theothertroll (9/29/16, 6:54 PM ): They did not forget to mention Satan. Satan is Lucifer, who I was taught as a child was God's favorite angel until he became envious and vain and believed he was as good as and equal to God Himself. He is a fallen angel, not an archangel. He battled Michael the Archangel and was cast out of Heaven for all time.

    To Beverly Ferris (9/29/16, 8:11 PM): I can NOT believe that you could possibly even THINK that our Heavenly Father forgets anyone or anything.

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  6. Well said, Lorraine! I deleted The Other Trolls comments as he/she was way out of line and was basically mocking the Catholic Church by his/her comments.

    God bless you!

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