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Archangel Uriel

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Archangel Uriel
Archangel Uriel

Archangel Uriel is recognized as an Archangel in Jewish and some Christian traditions. Unlike Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Uriel is not recognized as an Archangel in the Catholic tradition. He is however venerated within the Eastern Orthodox churches and his Feast Day is celebrated on November 8th known as the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers. Uriel is often petitioned by those facing severe crisis, and is believed to sometimes warn individuals away from danger.

Uriel, whose name means light of God, is believed to be one of the angels mentioned but not named in the older books of the Hebrew Bible. Some Jewish mystical traditions hold that Uriel is the angel of Sunday and of Poetry. Tradition holds that he was the angel who checked for blood on the doors of the faithful Israelites during the final plague of the death of the first born children in Egypt. He is also considered by many to be the angel who warned Noah of the impending Flood. Uriel was recognized and venerated in both Jewish and Christian tradition, including Catholicism, until 754 A.D. when Pope St. Zachary, in an attempt to subvert worship of angels, struck off many angelic names from the list of sanctioned angels. Uriel was among those who were eliminated from this list. However, the Eastern Orthodox Church maintained its belief in Uriel's position as an Archangel and venerate him still.

Uriel is usually depicted in fiery shades indicating the meaning of his name as "light of God." He carries a book which originally was the Torah with Hebrew lettering, but in many images today, has been changed to the Holy Bible with English lettering. A blazing sun halo sits at his crown. 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 protection while travelling.

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