|Posted on October 19, 2020 at 5:45 AM|
A few weeks ago our scripture readings were about the angels, specifically the archangels Gabriel, Raphael and Michael, whose feasts we celebrated on Sept. 29.
According to information I have read, there are nine orders of Spirits, or Angels, because we know by the testimony of Holy Scripture that there are the following: Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Thrones, Cherubim and Seraphim. "Angel" is the name of their office, not of their nature. The Holy Spirits of the heaven are always Spirits, but they cannot always be called Angels; they are Angels only when they are announcing something.
Those who announce less important things are called Angels, and those who announce the highest things are called Archangels. And so not just any Angel but the Archangel Gabriel was sent to Mary to announce she was to be the Mother of God; for this ministry, it was fitting to have the highest Angel, since he was to announce the greatest news of all.
The Archangels are also given special names to describe their particular virtue.
Michael means "Who is like to God?" Whenever something is to be done needing great power, Michael is sent forth so that from his action and his name we may understand that no one can do what God can do. The faithful of many churches recite the prayer of St. Michael the Archangel, to call upon Michael to defend us from the enemy (specially the devil).
Gabriel was sent to Mary; he is called "Strength of God" and came to announce the birth of Him who deigned to appear in humility to conquer the powers of the air.
Raphael is interpreted as the "Medicine of God," for when he touched the eyes of Tobias to do the work of healing, he dispelled the "night of his blindness."
We humans can call on the angels to help us – for that is their role in life. It certainly can’t hurt to request help from these powerful heavenly beings. In addition to calling on my personal Guardian Angel, I can call on the Archangels. When I am tempted I can call on Michael to defend me from the temptation. I can call on Raphael when I am feeling ill. And why not ask Gabriel to help me when I need to pass on a difficult message to someone?
Psalm 91:10-12 confirms the power of angels: "No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to His Angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone."
I am so glad that we have angels available to help us! I encourage you to call on the angels and especially the archangels for help in your time of need. A blessing may await you!
Have a blessed Monday!
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