Feast day: Sept. 29
If you have ever wondered which saint to pray to for speedy help, the three archangels cover all the bases. They each have their own specific role in Scripture: Michael guards, Gabriel lights and Raphael guides.
St. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?”, is the heavenly leader who cast out the fallen angels in the war of heaven. His name is the foil to Lucifer’s sin of pride in making himself like God. Michael is mentioned as the “great prince” in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
St. Gabriel is most famously known in Scripture for announcing to the Virgin Mary that she would bear the Messiah. He also announces the birth of John the Baptist to Zachariah.
St. Raphael is named in the Book of Tobit, where he acted as a disguised guide and protector to Tobias and his family. His name means “God heals.”
How well do you know the archangels? Take the Quiz!
- Which angel is the patron saint of travelers and happy encounters?
- Which angel is regarded highest of the angels?
- Which angel is often depicted with a trumpet?