St. Gabriel is another saint that we really only know about from the scriptures. But, he is also a very unique saint because he is not human, but one of the three archangels.
We see Gabriel in the first chapter of Luke, announcing both the births of St. John the Baptist and Jesus (legit mission!). He delivered the news of St. John the Baptist’s birth and mission of preparing the way of the Lord to Zechariah in the temple. He then announced the birth of Christ to Mary, where we see her great “fiat” and acceptance of her mission as mother of the savior. It is also said that St. Gabriel also helped the prophet Daniel interpret his visions.
In the New Testament appearances of St. Gabriel, we see him saying, “Fear Not” and encouraging Zechariah, Mary, and Elizabeth that they have been seen and heard by God (the Comforter angel!). He has the great task of announcing the arrival of two special babies, one who had been prayed for for a very long time, and the other, who would be the Savior of the world. What more important mission could an archangel have (seriously)?
Gabriel is usually pictured with a lantern, trumpet, or scroll, and is usually featured in art depicting the Annunciation. He shares a feast day with fellow archangels St. Michael and St. Raphael on September 29. Read more about him here.
Why a Trumpet?
Gabriel is not a human saint, but an archangel. He is a herald of holy events, hence the trumpet, and was the angel tasked with carrying out the Annunciation to Mary, as well as announcing the pregnancy of Elizabeth to Zechariah.
Who would be friends with St. Gabriel?
- Newscasters (obviously!)
- Those who have visions or dreams
- Those struggling with infertility
- Sports announcers
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.The Prayer to St. Gabriel
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