Archangel Gabriel

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Archangel Gabriel
Archangel Gabriel

The Archangel Gabriel is a messenger of God in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other faiths. The name Gabriel means "strength of God," or "God has shown himself mighty."

In the Book of Daniel, Gabriel explains to Daniel his visions. In the Book of Luke, Gabriel foretells the birth of John the Baptist to Zacharias and the birth of Jesus to The Virgin Mary. And it was Gabriel who revealed the Koran to Muhammad over a period of 23 years.

John Milton's Paradise Lost is the first mention of Gabriel as the angel whose trumpet blast brings the Last Judgment, an idea with no source in the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament -- but of great frequency in African-American spirituals.

Gabriel is recognized as an Archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions and is one of only a few Jewish Archangels who has been made a saint in the Catholic church. As Saint Gabriel the Archangel, he is the patron saint of communications workers, such as messengers, broadcasters, and postal workers. In the Catholic Church, the Feast Day for all Archangels is celebrated on September 29th. Hoodoo root doctors and Spiritualist practitioners may keep a statue of Gabriel on an altar where work is being performed for the clients in need of blessing, healing, and tranquility or who seek help with issues of fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth.

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