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Friday September 29th: We celebrate the archangels

Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Archangels. Feast.

“…you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.”

John 1: 47 – 51

Today we celebrate the archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The Church has a special place, in our devotions, for angels. Angels are messengers of God. Archangels are special messengers who announce extra-ordinary news.

Michael is a defender of truth, righteousness, and justice. His name means “Who is like God,” and it reflects his unwavering loyalty to God. Michael comes to defend us during trials and temptations. Gabriel is God’s messenger of hope and redemption. He announced the greatest news of all, the birth of the Messiah. Raphael is known as the healer and guide. He accompanies individuals on their journeys of physical and spiritual healing.

The archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael exemplify unique attributes that can inspire and guide us. Michael teaches us to stand strong in the face of darkness, defending truth and righteousness. Gabriel urges us to be messengers of hope, sharing the good news of God’s love with the world. Raphael leads us toward healing and divine guidance, reminding us of the ever-present grace of God.