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Saint Gabriel

Archangel

Communications of all kinds – in particular, consolation and guidance – are the basic attributes of the archangel Gabriel. His earthly visitations always portend a major change in human history. Islam credits the archangel Gabriel with dictating the Koran to the prophet Mohammed. Not only does the angel Gabriel, as a divine messenger, announce a coming event; he is also known to explain the meaning of the news, and to those who are frightened he offers consolation. It was Gabriel who remained with Christ on the eve of his crucifixion, giving him the fortitude to face his fate. The name Gabriel means “Strength from God” and thus he is invoked for courage.

The first mention of Gabriel the Archangel is in the Book of Daniel. In it, Gabriel visits the prophet Daniel, interpreting his dreams and explaining his visions to him. After Daniel prays for Israel, Gabriel goes to him and, by touching him, communicates the prophecy that “seventy weeks” of years would elapse before the coming of the Savior. The ancient Jews viewed the Archangel Gabriel as a judgmental figure, who meted out punishments. They believed that it was he who buried Moses, as well as leveled the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

It is assumed that it was the Archangel Gabriel who appeared to Saint Joachim to instruct him on the coming birth of his daughter, Mary. To the priest Zechariah he announced the coming birth of John the Baptist. When Zechariah scoffed at the angel because he and his wife were too old to be parents, Gabriel struck him dumb until the child was born. Gabriel is particularly devoted to Jesus and the Blessed Mother and his celestial intervention occurs throughout their earthly lives. The greatest visitation of Gabriel is known as the Annunciation. He visited the fourteen-year-old Mary and told her that she would soon give birth to the Divine Savior. When Mary asked how this could be possible, since she was still a virgin, he carefully explained the role of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s creation. It is said that the beauty expressed by Mary as she resigned herself to the will of God made the angel tremble. Saint Gabriel is known as the “Angel of the Incarnation” because he was present when “the Word was made flesh”. As he spoke to Mary, Jesus was created in her body. Gabriel then went on to comfort and reassure Joseph that this was indeed an act of God, so that he would stand by Mary. When the baby Jesus was born, it was Gabriel who spread the news of his birth to the shepherds in the surrounding region.

As Saint Raphael guides us on earth and Saint Michael meets us in death, Saint Gabrrl is the angel who selects souls from heaven to be given birth in the material world. He spends the nine months that the baby is forming instructing that soul on what he or she will need to know on earth. Because of his willingness to teach and to ensure that we understand the information he imparts, Saint Gabriel is the patron of parents and teachers. His role as a heavenly messenger also makes him the patron of postal workers and those in the communications industry. His feast has been changed from March 24 to the Feast of the Archangel, September 29.

Saint Gabriel, Archangel is the patron saint of: Communications Industry, Postal Employees, Parents, Teachers

NOVENA TO SAINT GABRIEL, ARCHANGEL

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the Angel of the Incarnation, because God specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Give me a very tender and devoted love for the Incarnate Word and his Blessed Mother, more like your own.

I venerate you also as the “Strength from God”, because you are the giver of God’s strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God’s faithful and teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resolutions; renew my courage; comfort and console me in the problems, trials and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in his agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.

Saint Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God made man and for his Blessed Mother, I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, it it be God’s holy will.

Pray for us, Saint Gabriel the Archangel. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.

 Excerpted from the book, “Novena: The Power of Prayer”  by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua.

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  3. Blessed be God forever. St. Gabriel, bless our family; help my brother get the good job he wants. Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

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  4. Just so everyone understands, Gabriel wasn’t the one who dictated the Koran to Muhammad. If that were the case, Gabriel would be a liar and a hypocrite. Gabriel visited Daniel to foreshadow the destruction of the temple in 70AD (Daniel 9) and the coming of a Messiah. (Daniel 2 and 7) (This occurred in 6th century BC – ~600 years before Jesus!)

    Around a year before Jesus’ birth Gabriel was preparing the way for John the Baptist and the Messiah Jesus.

    Jesus grew up, he preached the Gospel, and if you read in Luke he was trying to warn the Jews of the impending judgement that was going to fall on them at 70AD….around 40 years into the future. There are many references to this… Jesus repeatedly says that their generation will suffer judgement, he says woe to Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, he also said “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” when he was talking about the temple being destroyed. Well it all happened just as predicted.

    Contrast that with what Islam teaches… that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, that Jesus is not the most important prophet, and that the Old Testament was wrong and needed to be fixed – i.e. undermining the prophecies pointing to Jesus Christ as the Messiah. It seems like Gabriel is undoing all the work he did before. It gets more interesting, though.

    Let’s also see what Muhammad has to say about his encounter with “Gabriel”.

    “The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it anymore. He then released me and again asked me to read, and I replied, “I do not know how to read,” whereupon he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it anymore. He then released me and asked me again to read, but again I replied, “I do not know how to read (or, what shall I read?).” Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me and then released me and said, “Read: In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists). Has created man from a clot. Read and Your Lord is Most Generous…up to….. ..that which he knew not.”

    Does this sound like the same Gabriel who told Zacharias and Mary “Be not afraid”?

    “So I read it, and he departed from me. And I awoke from my sleep, and it was as though these words were written on my heart. Now none of God’s creatures was more hateful to me than an (ecstatic) poet or a man possessed: I could not even look at them. I thought, Woe is me poet or possessed—Never shall Quraysh say this of me! I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So I went forth to do so and then when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying, “O Muhammad! thou art the apostle of God and I am Gabriel.” I raised my head towards heaven to see (who was speaking), and lo, Gabriel in the form of a man with feet astride the horizon, saying, “O Muhammad! thou art the apostle of God and I am Gabriel.” I stood gazing at him, and that turned me from my purpose moving neither forward nor backward; then I began to turn my face away from him, but towards whatever region of the sky I looked, I saw him as before. And I continued standing there, neither advancing nor turning back, until Khadlja sent her messengers in search of me and they gained the high ground above Mecca and returned to her while I was standing in the same place; then he parted from me and I from him, returning to my family. And I came to Khadija and sat by her thigh and drew close to her. She said, “O Abii’l-Qasim,2 where hast thou been ? By God, I sent my messen­gers in search of thee, and they reached the high ground above Mecca and returned to me.” I said to her, “Woe is me poet or possessed.”

    Lol, it sounds like a cool horror movie. Muhammad responds, “Woe is me poet or POSSESSED.” Logically, this is the only thing I can conclude, in light of the fruit that Islam has produced (thousands of years of rape, conquest, slavery, inbreeding <— btw this is all backed by statistics which I invite you to research), Gabriel could not have been the one talking to Muhammad. Considering the success of Islam I would suggest it was someone much more sinister – Satan.

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  5. Thank you, Saint Gabriel for interceding for me to God. You, together with Mama Mary and the other saints have helped me in my petitions. God is merciful and He listens to those who put their trust, confidence, and faith in Him no matter how seemingly impossible one’s wishes and petitions may be, as long as we hold on to God, He will listen and He will give us a chance.

    So, for those who have problems or seemingly difficult tribulations you want to overcome, just call on to God through sincere prayers, novenas, masses, and have a strong faith in Him no matter what your situation may be.

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    Novena in Honor of St. Gabriel the Archangel

    St. Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the “Angel of the Incarnation,” because God has specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Give me a tender and devoted Mother, more like your own.

    I venerate you also as the “strength from God,” because you are the giver of God’s strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God’s faithful and to teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resulutions, renew my courage, comfort and console me in the problems, trials, and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in His agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.

    St. Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (Mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God and for His blessed Mother, I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, if it be God’s holy Will.

    Pray for us, St. Gabriel the Archangel, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Let us pray.

    Almighty and ever-living God, since You chose the Archangel Gabriel from among all the Angels to announce the mystery of Your Son’s Incarnation, mercifully grant that we who honor Him on earch may feel the benefit of His patronage in heaven. Who live and reign for ever.

    ℟. Amen.

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  6. Thank you very much for sharing this Novena and for the information about St. Gabriel. I need the novena very badly. My novena will end March 24, his former feast day. May I have a copy of this novena? Thank you again

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    • NOVENA TO SAINT GABRIEL, ARCHANGEL

      Saint Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the Angel of the Incarnation, because God specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Give me a very tender and devoted love for the Incarnate Word and his Blessed Mother, more like your own.

      I venerate you also as the “Strength from God”, because you are the giver of God’s strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God’s faithful and teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resolutions; renew my courage; comfort and console me in the problems, trials and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in his agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.

      Saint Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God made man and for his Blessed Mother, I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, it it be God’s holy will.

      Pray for us, Saint Gabriel the Archangel. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

      Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.

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    • NOVENA TO SAINT GABRIEL, ARCHANGEL

      Saint Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the Angel of the Incarnation, because God specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Give me a very tender and devoted love for the Incarnate Word and his Blessed Mother, more like your own.

      I venerate you also as the “Strength from God”, because you are the giver of God’s strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God’s faithful and teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resolutions; renew my courage; comfort and console me in the problems, trials and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in his agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.

      Saint Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God made man and for his Blessed Mother, I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, it it be God’s holy will.

      Pray for us, Saint Gabriel the Archangel. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

      Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days in a row.

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