During the last week we celebrated the Holy Day, the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels [September 29]. What are angels? Angels according to scriptures are messengers from God and according to Gregory the Great those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are archangels. Furthermore, Gregory posited that the word ‘angels’ denotes a function rather than a nature, thus they can be visible or invisible.
Of the many angels mentioned in the Bible, six are called by name: Michael, Gabriel, Jeremiel, Uriel, Ra’pha-el and Lucifer, the fallen angel.
In the book of Revelation, the Archangel Michael is presented as the powerful agent of God who wards off evil from God’s people and delivers peace to them at the end of this life’s mortal struggle [Rev. 12]. In fact, whenever some act of wondrous power was to be performed, Michael was sent [Daniel.10:13; 12:1; Jude v. 9; Revelation. 12:7-8]. His name means ‘who is like God’.
Archangel Gabriel was sent when the power or strength of God was necessary Daniel.8:16; 9:21; Luke1:19-26. In the gospel of Luke, Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary to announce the great- est of all messages, i.e. the birth of Jesus the Messiah.
Archangel Jeremiel, the compassion, exaltation or mercy of God mentioned in the apocryphal book 2 Esdras 4 helps us to review our lives and to make positive adjustments.
Uriel, the light and fire of God is the angel that brings God message of healing through purification, while Raphael, God’s remedy brings the message of healing through fresh information and ideas which promotes healing of minds, spirits and body.
Lucifer, was created by God to be the light bearer of God but pride caused him to become the enemy of God. Lucifer is mentioned in the books of Isaiah 14, Jude 1 and Revelation 12. We are all called to be messengers of God, therefore angels. Let us strive to fulfill this noble calling, less we become like Lucifer, a fallen angel whose pride has overtaken him and who will be allowed to remain in power until the time of the final punishment when he will be destroyed.