Gabriel is an angel - perhaps the most well known angel of all. He features in the traditions of many religions, including Christianity and Islam, as a messenger from God. It was Gabriel who told the Blessed Virgin Mary that God had chosen her to be the mother of his Son. It was Gabriel who told Joseph not to divorce Mary when he discovered that she was pregnant.
Gabriel is ranked as one of the Archangels of Christian tradition. Michael is the Archangel of God's heavenly host, that band of angels who fight the spiritual battles for good against evil. Raphael is the Archangel of healing, whose angelic band bring peace and health. Uriel is the Archangel of hope, whose ministrations help to turn situations around, and bring triumph out of adversity. Gabriel is the Archangel of God's heavenly messengers, the angels who are commissioned to establish contact between heaven and earth. The Bible is full of examples of angels coming to minister to men, and to bring them messages from God. The same is true of the holy books and stories of many other faith communities.
The picture shows the Gabriel shrine at which we offer special prayers of thanksgiving on our church's birthday each July. We also remember Gabriel and all the angels every year on their special feast day, 29th September. The shrine has since been relocated to the other side of the church building.
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