Taxiarchis

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The name Taxiarchis is given to the Archangels Michael or Gabriel. Literally meaning "commander" (of a taxis, a squadron), the name is usually translated into English as "Archangel," but may also be rendered simply as "Michael" or "Gabriel," who are both commemorated in liturgical texts as "Commander of the Bodiless Hosts."

Few Orthodox churches, however, are named after "St. Taxiarchis," preferring to take the name Taxiarchae, meaning "Archangels."

Taxiarchis is known as one of the patron saints of the Greek Aegean and Dodecanesse islands. Many Greek children are named after this saint, taking the baptismal name of either Taxiarchis (for males) or Taxiarchoula (for females).

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