The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. Luke 1:19
I composed this prayer to Saint Gabriel after reading the Book of Daniel and the Gospel of Luke, about Gabriel’s visits to Daniel, Zechariah, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Additionally, though not mentioned by name, it is thought that Gabriel is the one who spoke to Joseph in his dreams.
Prayer to Saint Gabriel the Archangel
Saint Gabriel the archangel, lover of the beloved and guardian of the sanctuary, you are the announcer of the good news of our salvation.
Bestow upon us a spirit of understanding, knowledge and wisdom.
Encourage in us fortitude to be not afraid, that we may always say yes to God’s will.
Protect and warn us of those who seek to harm us.
Strength of God, messenger of the Incarnation, remind us always of the expiation of our sin and everlasting justice.
You who stand before God, draw us closer to the Sacred and Immaculate hearts so we may witness in our own lives the crushed head of the serpent.
Through your intercession, Gabriel, may we be lifted to the heights of heaven.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sue, there used to be a feast of St. Gabriel, too. It was on March 24, the eve of the Annunciation, and so allowed for a build up on the focus on the event of the incarnation on the 25 on the Feast of the Annunciation. Essentially, it was a vigil celebration for the Annunciation. It was reduced to a mere commemoration in the 1960 calendar, and then entirely struck from the Nous Ordo calendar in 1969. The justification for this amazing stupidity was that it detracted from Lent. With an attitude like that towards the incarnation, it is no wonder that so many clerics, having no appreciation of the conception of our Lord, had no hesitation in waffling in opposing the evil of abortion when it was legalized by Roe v. Wade in 1973.
That being said, the full office of St Gabriel may be found in the 1950 Benziger English Breviary or the 1938 Benziger English Breviary. The collect is as follows:
“O God, who didst choose Gabriel the Archangel from among the other Angels to announce the mystery of Thine incarnation: mercifully grant, that we who keep his feast upon earthy may feel his patronage in heaven: Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever. Amen
“…there used to be a feast of St. Gabriel, too. It was on March 24, the eve of the Annunciation, and so allowed for a build up on the focus on the event of the incarnation on the 25 on the Feast of the Annunciation. Essentially, it was a vigil celebration for the Annunciation. It was reduced to a mere commemoration in the 1960 calendar, and then entirely struck from the Nous Ordo calendar in 1969. The justification for this amazing stupidity was that it detracted from Lent.”
James, also Archangel Raphael, had his own commemoration on October 24th. The joining of the three Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael in a common feast since 1970 is not a manifestation of stupidity, but on the contrary: an act of wisdom in submission to God’s will. Paul VI created a kind of synaxis of the Holy Archangels after the example of the Orthodox Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers celebrated on November 8th.
This Catholic synaxis is celebrated on the eve of Saint Jerome, September 30th. I am exposing this saint because it is about announcing the coming of someone with the status of the Holy Holy Name (= Hierōnymos = Sacred Name). St. Jerome lived for 34 years, died and was buried in Bethlehem. His main relics rest in the Crypt of the Nativity next to the relics of the Holy Crib in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. This basilica is known primarily for the cult of the icon ‘Salus Populi Romani’. This whole arrangement, built consistently over the centuries, was created because of the birth and revelation of the Man-Son described in the Apocalypse, the spuse of the Woman Clothed in the Sun. For this reason, the Catholic synaxis of the holy Archangels was established in 1970, so that Gabriel could announce the birth of this Son of Man, and Raphael could take care of the holy matrimony of this Man and Virgin of the Apocalypse. This Holy Couple will save the Church of Christ (= Populi Romani) from all the misfortunes of the present day.
Oct. 22, 44th anniversary of the inauguration of the pontificate of Pope ‘De labore Solis’
Thank you so much for this prayer. So encouraging. Amen.
Why is Ana Nigel called a Saint??
I don’t know who you are referring to. This post is about Saint Gabriel.
perhaps you were asking why an angel is called a Saint. The word “saint” derives from the Latin word “sancta,” meaning “holy” one. Thus, by definition all of God’s holy angels are saints.
The L’Annonciation painting illustrating the most honorable mission of Archangel Gabriel was painted by Zurbaran. It is one of 33 paintings by this famous painter for the Carthusian Monastery Church of Santa Maria de la Defensión in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. This painting, The Annunciation, was placed on the lower tier of the high altar of this temple in one row with, The Circumcision of Jesus, The Adoration of the Magi and The Adoration of the Shepherds, and in the middle was the canvas The Virgin of the Rosary with Carthusians. This last painting is now in the Poznan Museum in Poland and it makes a deep sense because among these 4 monks stands out brother Dominic Helion, also known as Dominic of Prussia. He was born in the vicinity of Gdańsk around 1384, knew Polish, and although he studied at the University of Kraków, he later joined the German Charterhouse. Dominic of Prussia is considered, in particular by the Carthusians, to be the precursor of the Rosary prayer. The Dominican Alain de la Rupe knew Dominic Helion personally and this is how the history of the Holy Rosary was intertwined with the Dominican Order.
Who would have thought that the Rosary prayer in its modern form originated in the lands belonging to the Polish crown.
Meanwhile, the Carthusian Madonna of the Rosary is in Poznań, and The Sisters of Bethlehem live in the Charterhause Santa Maria de la Defense in Jerez de la Frontera – would this mean that some Rosary Child is to be born with a special charter?
Oct. 23rd, Virgin of Akathistos (or ‘Proangelomeni’ means Warning!), Zografou Monastery, Mt. Athos