feast day September 29 2017

St. Gabriel whose name means " God Conquers"

Patron of the Sacrament of Baptism and of
of communications workers

The name Gabriel also means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Luke 1:5-7 

Finally, he announced to Mary that she would bear a Son Who would be conceived of the Holy Spirit, Son of the Most High, and Saviour of the world. 

Gabriel only appears by name two passages in Luke. Luke 1:10-20;26-38. In the first passage the angel identified himself as Gabriel, but in the second it is Luke who identified him as Gabriel. The only other named angel in the New Testament is "Michael the archangel" (in Jude 1:9). Gabriel is not called an archangel in the Bible. Believers are expressly warned not to worship angels (in Colossians 2:18-19 and Revelation 19:10).
His shared feast day is September 29th, together with Archangel Michael and Raphael. 

St. Gabriel is the patron of communications workers.

St. Gabriel is of course, the Archangel of the Annunciation and the Incarnation’s triumph over sin and death. 

He is usually depicted with lilies that represent the new purity of the soul through the sacraments of Baptism and Confession, both sacraments made possible by the Redemption. His banner is a declaration of Our Lady’s universal motherhood.

Heavenly Father, 
through the salutation of the 
Archangel Gabriel, 
may we honor the 
Incarnation of Your Divine Son. 

Through his faithful intercessions 
may we strive always to imitate 
the holy virtues of the 
Mother of our Savior 
and respond to our Father, 

"Be it done unto me according to Thy Word". 

Archangel Gabriel, 
please praise our Father for 
the gift of His Son, 
praying, one day by His grace, 
through His Mother, 
we may all be one fold,
one Church, one Shepherd. 
~ adapted from the chaplet of St. Gabriel

Oh holy St. Gabriel 
come to our aid 
with your legion of angels! 
Help us to become good servants of Our Lord! 
Help us to regain and preserve 
our Baptismal purity 
that we may become His worthy servants. 
When we fall, guide us to repentance 
and confession that we may restore it! 
Through your intercessions 
help our souls become 
havens of peace where 
Our Lord and Our Lady 
love to come and rest. Amen

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