Monday, February 22, 2010

St. Gabriel the Archangel

One day when I was at Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Providence, Father McCaffrey posed a good question about the Annunciation (March 25). It's when the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would conceive a child who was the son of God.
The priest asked if a teenage girl who lived in Fox Point went home and told her parents she never had sex but was going to have a baby and, in addition to that, it would be the son of God, do you think they would believe her? Probably not.
We can only imagine how Mary and her parents must have felt.
Gabriel told Mary to name the child Jesus who would be conceived by the Holy Spirit, Son of the Most High, and the Savior of the world.
The archangel is depicted with a lily, shield, trumpet, or spear. He is also mentioned in the prophecies of Daniel in the Old Testament and in the apocryphal book of Henoch.
Gabriel the Archangel's feast day is celebrated Sept. 29 along with Archangels Michael and Raphael.

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