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Gabriel, Archangel (Hilandar) - S119

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Gabriel, Archangel (Hilandar) - S119

Product #: S119
Date: ca. 1360
Location: Holy Hilandar Monastery, Mt. Athos
Heritage: Byzantine
Church Feast Day 1: Nov 08
Church Feast Day 2: Mar 26
Church Feast Day 3: Jul 13

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The Holy Archangel Gabriel is one of the seven great Archangels whom the Holy Fathers of the Church believe are of the highest, or Seraphic Order of the Bodiless Hosts, or Seraphim, who stand the closest to the Throne of God.  The names of these are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salatiel, Jegudiel, and Barachiel.  Sometimes one more name is added, that of Jeremiel.  When St. Gabriel appeared to the Prophet Zacharias, he said of himself, “I am Gabriel, who stands before God.”  With the great Archangel Michael, Gabriel is one of the two leaders of the Heavenly Hosts.

In Hebrew, Gabriel means “Man of God.”  In our Holy Church Tradition, we believe that it was this Archangel who appeared and greeted the Virgin Mary at the time of the Annunciation, and told St. Zacharias of the birth of his son, John the Baptist.  He also told SS Joachim and Anna of the birth of their blessed child, the Theotokos Mary, and instructed the Prophet Moses while still in the wilderness to write Genesis on the origins of the world, which he couldn’t have known otherwise.  Thus we see that he informs God’s people about the salvation of mankind. 


 
 



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