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Friday, 5 October 2012

The Seven Archangels


The most powerful angels are 
the seven Archangels—

“And I saw seven Angels 
standing in the sight of God…” Revelation 8:2

The battle in Heaven:
Lucifer (his name meant the Bearer of Light) became very arrogant and conceited, he thought himself just as worthy as God “I will ascend above the battling with the dragon, and the dragon was fighting, and so were his angels.  

But they did not prevail, 
and a place for them was no longer found in heaven.  

 And he was thrown out, that great dragon, 
that ancient serpent, who is called 
the devil and Satan, who seduces the whole world. 

And he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.” Revelation 12:7-9


There were seven angels from the second lowest choir who were so outraged by the terrible offense to the dignity of the Most High that, though inferior to Lucifer and his legions, positioned themselves between the Throne of God and the offenders, prepared to defend the honor and dignity of God.  

On seeing this, God was so moved by their heroic love that he elevated them to the position of highest heaven, standing eternally before the Throne of God to carry out God’s Will.  God granted them new gifts and graces.   

“And from the throne, lightnings and voices and thunders went forth. And there were seven burning lamps before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.”   Revelation 4:5 

 “Bless Yahweh, all his angels, mighty warriors who fulfill his commands, attentive to the sound of his words.”    Psalm 103:20

The good angels who resisted Satan’s temptations were admitted into the immediate vision of God and became firmly rooted in virtue. For this reason, the angels who resisted the first sin are no longer capable of sinning; they have made a permanent and indelible choice to submit to the love of God. 

The fallen angels, or devils as we now call them, are likewise permanently rooted in sin.  It is not possible for a devil to repent of his sins.  


Sts. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, Archangels




There are three Archangels who are better known as they are mentioned Sacred Scripture they are are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael…





In the year 1040, St. Celias made an exhaustive study of the approved writings of the Early Church Fathers up to the 4th Century.  Through his studies we have come to know seven of the names of the Archangels, the meaning of their names and the sacrament each is the patron of.  

The names of the Seven Archangels 
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, 
Uriel, Jehudiel, 
Sealtiel and Barachiel.

Pope Pius V said in his Bull to the Spanish Clergy, permitting and encouraging the worship of the seven archangels:  “One cannot exalt too much these seven rectors of the world, figured by the seven planets, as it is consoling to our century to witness by the grace of God the cult of these seven ardent lights, and of these seven stars reassuming all it’s luster in the Christian republic.” (Les Sept Esprits et l'Histoire de leur Culte; De Mirville's 2nd memoir addressed to the academy. Vol. II. p. 358.)

Fresco of Mary amidst the Seven Archangels St. Maia Degli Church
In the 16th Century, Michelangelo was ordered to adorn the church of St. Maria Degli, dedicated to Mary and the Seven Archangels with a fresco of seven Archangels on the altar.   

During the reign of Pope Gregory XIII it was intended to build seven separate chapels there, one for each of the Seven Archangels.  

Liturgy to Seven Archangels has been confirmed and was still in practice around the year 1800, it has not been abolished, just not in practice.



Michael the Archangel 

 

His name means 
"WHO is like unto God?"

Patron of the Holy Eucharist. 

 “He is the Leader of the Armies of Heaven.  He defends our souls against the infernal enemy when we call on him, but he also defends  Our Lord Who is helpless in the Blessed Sacrament”.





Prayer to St. Michael


St. Michael the Archangel
Defend us in this day of battle!
Be our safeguard 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—
Cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits
Who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.                                                                                                             Amen 
 Short version of prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII after seeing a vision of the Church in    
  our day.  To read the long,original version you can find it at:

Stay awhile after Mass and say this prayer to St. Michael... 
say it everyday!!!  We definitely need his help!!!

The Vision of Pope Leo XIII 
and the Origins of the St. Michael Prayer
Pope Leo XIII
Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the above prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere.
When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices - two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation: 
The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: "I can destroy your Church."


The gentle voice of Our Lord: "You can? Then go ahead and do so."
Satan: "To do so, I need more time and more power."

Our Lord: "How much time? How much power?

Satan: "75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will 
 give themselves over to my service."

Our Lord: "You have the time, you will have the power.
                       Do with them what you will."

In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed that this prayer to St. Michael be said at the end of "low" Mass (not "high", or sung Masses) throughout the universal Church, along with the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen); and the practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970, with the introduction of the new rite of the Mass.

However, at the end of his Angelus message given in St. Peter’s Square, Sunday, April 24, 1994, Pope John Paul II urged Catholics to recite this prayer to Saint Michael

"The prayer can fortify us for that spiritual battle about which the Letter to the Ephesians speaks [of]: "Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power."(Ephesians 6:10). And to this same battle that the Book of the Apocalypse refers [to], recalling in front of our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelations 12:7). Surely, this scene was very present to Pope Leon XIII, when, at the end of the previous century, he introduced to the entire Church a special prayer to St. Michael: ‘St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil… ’

"Even if today this prayer is no longer recited at the end of the Eucharistic celebration, I invite all to not forget it, but to recite it in order to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and the spirit of this world."


Oh holy St. Michael 
come to our aid
With all the holy angels!   

Teach us
to keep the faith 
in these times of darkness!
Inspire us to fight 
for our souls
 and the souls of others!
Teach us to win in silence 
and obedience to God.
Teach us to love and be faithful to Mary,
Queen of the Angels!   
                                        Amen.









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.

 


Prayers to St. Gabriel the Archangel

 
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. 
Amen 
~ 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






St. Raphael

Whose name means "God Heals"

Patron of the 
Sacrament of Penance

Raphael is usually depicted holding a jub of oil for anointing, or a fish which represents the soul and the oil of healing of it’s ailments through the sacrament of confession.

The fish is also a reminder of the story of his protection of young Tobias and healing his father Tobit.  See the Book of Tobit which can be found only in the Catholic Bible.

“Tobit, or Tobias, is a book in the Old Testament Apocrypha, written (c.200 - 170 BC) in Hebrew or Aramaic and constructed as a didactic romance. It became popular among Hellenistic Jews and Christians in its Greek translation. The book relates how Tobit, a devout Jew in exile in Assyria, and his son Tobias were rewarded for their piety and good deeds. Tobit buried the bodies of executed Jews in Nineveh. Despite this and other good works, he was blinded. As he prayed for God to end his life, Sarah, a widow whose seven husbands have each been killed by the demon Asmodeus on their wedding night, also entreats God to end her misery. 

In answer to these prayers, God sends the angel Raphael to Earth to help them. Tobias marries Sarah and, with Raphael's help, overcomes the demon and restores his father's sight. The demonology, magic, and folklore motifs in the story show affinities with ancient Near Eastern stories from 500 BC on.”

written by Norman K Gottwald

Archangel Raphael is a merciful healer. 
He has the power to expel demons.
                            



          Prayers to        

St. Raphael

St. Raphael the Archangel
You are Raphael the Healer,
You are Raphael the Guide,
You are Raphael the Companion,
Ever at human sorrow's side.
St. Raphael, Angel of health, 
of true conjugal love, 
of joy and Divine light, pray for us! 
Amen

~from the chaplet of St. Raphael





                  
Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.
I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (here mention your special intention), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.




St. Uriel 

the Archangel

Whose name means
 “Fire of God”
 "Flame of God," 
"Light of God,"
or even "Sun of God."

Patron of the 
Sacrament of Confirmation

He carries the Sword of Truth for Soldiers of Christ, which we become through this sacrament.  

This archangel enlightens the minds and the hearts of the faithful with the light of divine truths and the fire of divine love.
 
In some art works, Uriel is often depicted carrying either a book or a scroll, both of which represent wisdom. Another symbol connected with Uriel is an open hand holding a flame, which represents God’s truth.

Fire represents the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the flames of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It also should remind us  that our hearts should always burn with love for God like the holiest of Seraphim, like the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

St. Uriel can also be shown carrying the scales by which we are to weigh our actions.  It is also a reminder of the Scales of Perfect Justice by which our lives are weighed at our judgement.

Prayer to St. Uriel the Archangel

Oh holy St. Uriel, 
come to our aid with your legion of angels! 
Intercede for us 
that our hearts 
may burn with 
the fire of the 
Sacred 
and Immaculate Hearts. 
Assist us in co-operating with the graces of our confirmation 
that the gifts 
of the Holy Ghost 
may bear much 
fruit in our souls. 

Obtain for us the grace to use 
the sword of truth to pare away 
all that is not in conformity to 
the most adorable Will of God in our lives, 
that we may fully participate 
in the army of the Church Militant. 
Amen



 Saint Uriel 
"spirit who stood at the gate 
of the lost Eden 
with the fiery sword", 
light up our mind 
with the sword of truth 
so that our hearts are filled 
with the burning 
desire of love for the Holy Spirit. 
Protect us with your flaming sword against all evil. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
We place all our trust in thee. Amen
Saint Uriel 
Angel of Illumination 
pray for us.






St. Jehudiel

Whose name means 
"Praise of God"


Patron of the 
Sacrament of the Sick 
(Old Term -- Extreme Unction, 
the anointing of the sick and dying)

St. Jehudiel carries the flaming sword of salvation, a symbol of God’s mercy and the crown of the victory of grace which awaits the saints in the next life.  It is also a reminder of the crown of sufferings to be endured in this life
                                                                                    imitation of Our Lord.


Prayer St. Jehudiel

Oh holy St. Jehudiel, 
you are the powerful and formidable 
adversary of Beelzebub. 
Come to our aid with your legion of angels! 
Accompany us in the combat against 
the terrible attacks of hell 
which threaten to annihilate 
our Holy Mother the Church. 

Safeguard us at the hour of death and 
console us with your powerful presence. 
Intercede for us that we might not perish 
without the last sacraments and 
may properly prepare to stand 
before the terrible seat of judgement. 
Remove all jealousy from our hearts 
so that each one of us, through conformity 
             to the Divine Will, become, like you, 
                    a living praise to the glory of God 
                  in this life and in the next. Amen


    



Prayer To 

St. Jhudiel

Bearer Of 

God’s Merciful Love 

            








O merciful Archangel, St. Jhudiel, dispenser of God’s eternal 
and abundant mercy. Because of our sinfulness, we do not deserve God’s forgiveness. Yet, He continually grants us forbearance freely and lovingly. 
     
Help us in our determination to overcome our sinful habits and be truly sorry for them. 

Bring each one of us to true conversion of heart. That we may experience  the joy of reconciliation which it brings, without which neither we, as individuals, 
nor the whole world can know true peace.

You who continually intercede for us, listen to our prayers. Present to God our Father all these petitions.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord, together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.








St. Sealtiel  

Whose name means "Prayer of God"

Patron of the 
Sacrament of Holy Orders
St. Sealtiel carries an incenser which is the symbol of the prayers and offerings of the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass, only through the actions through the ordained.  

 “And another Angel approached, and he stood before the altar, holding a golden censer. And much incense was given to him, so that he might offer upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God, the prayers of all the saints.
And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended, in the presence of God, from the hand of the Angel.” 
                                                              Revelation 8:3-4


In the Eastern Orthodox Tradition Archangel Salaphiel  is also our primary teacher of prayer. We can pray to Archangel Salaphiel for the Lord to grant us this gift of divine prayer.



Prayer to 
Archangel Sealtiel 
for Priests

Oh holy St. Sealtiel 
come to my aid with 
your legion of angels! 
Intercede to our 
Almighty and merciful God! 
Graciously attend 
 to my humble prayers; 
and make me, whom God 
has appointed 
to dispense 
the heavenly Mysteries 
through no merits of my own, 
but only through the infinite 
bounty of His Mercy, 
 a worthy minister at His sacred altar;      
that what is set forth by my voice may      
 be confirmed by His Holy Grace.           
 Pray for me that our good Jesus may       
grant me the grace to be a priest after    
 His own Sacred Heart!                    
 Amen
~ adapted from the Raccolta 


       
Prayer to the Archangel Selaphiel  
 
   

O Pure and Holy Archangel 
St. Selaphiel, 
you bow to the Almighty Lord offering angelic salutations 
of praise and thanksgiving. 

Guide us in our prayer.
Like you, we would like
to unceasingly pray and
worship God the right way.

May our lives be like incense
pleasing to God.
While awaiting for the inevitable time
of separation from 
this material world,
may we praise the Holy Trinity
in the spirit of 
true love and humility
throughout the days of our life in eternity.
Obtain for us these favors _________
and present to God the Father
all these petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord
together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever.










St.Barachiel

Whose name means "Blessings of God"
  
Patron of the Sacrament of Matrimony

Barachiel carries an abundant basket of bread, the staff of life, symbolizing Christian parenthood and it’s grave responsibilities both spiritual and temporal, to protect and provide for, the children God desires of married couples. 
He is also a powerful intercessor for the barren as well as for troubled marriages.  

He carries in his hand a book, a reminder of the wealth of instructions in the Holy Scripture, the writings of the saints and Papal encyclicals for husbands, wives and children concerning marriage and family life.

 
In iconography he is sometimes shown holding a white rose against his chest, or with rose petals scattered on his clothing. 

Archangel Barachiel is the angel of God’s blessings. 

While asking God to bless all our good efforts, let us also appeal to Archangel Barachiel for help.

However, we must accept the Lord’s blessing not only for prosperity but also for our cross, i.e. the sorrows without which there is no salvation. 
May Archangel Barachiel give us strength to carry our blessed crosses. 

Through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, His passion, death and resurrection, all His disciples are brought to a transforming union with Him. Through His transformation in love, the soul becomes Christ-like. As such, every Christ-like soul becomes, by adoption, the child of the Father. 

St. Barachiel is the Archangel who was assigned by God to keep watch over His adopted children, taking care that He and the choirs of angels assigned to the task guard these transformed souls in all their ways, bearing them up in their hands, "lest they dash their feet against the stone on their way to their heavenly
home." (Psalm 91, 12) -- The Guardian Angels.



 

Prayer to the Archangel Barachiel


O Powerful Archangel,
St. Barachiel, filled with heaven's
glory and splendor,
you are rightly called God's benediction.

We are God's children
placed under your
protection and care.
Listen to our supplications ______.


Grant that through your loving intercession,
we may reach 
our heavenly home one day.
Sustain us and protect us
from all harm --that we may
possess for all eternity
the peace and happiness that
Jesus has prepared for us in heaven.

Present to God the Father
all these petitions through
Jesus Christ our Lord
together with the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.

Amen.


Parents Prayer to St. Barachiel

Oh Blessed St. Barachiel, 
obtain for us through your intercession, 
the fullness of the graces 
of the most holy sacrament of matrimony. 
Intercede for us most fervently, 
in those moments of great duress and temptation, 
when we are most unlikely to recall your power 
to intercede for us, that through your benevolent love, 
you may thwart the efforts of the evil one to harm our marriage, our family and our faith. 
Be our bulwark against our weaknesses 
that our union may grow stronger, 
our family may grow more pious 
and our faith may grow deeper. 
St. Barachiel come with your legion of angels 
to rouse us out of our torpor! 
Help us and our children 
to do good and grow in the love of God and Mary.
 Amen

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