Archangel Gabriel

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The Archangel Gabriel, from a 13th century fresco in Serbia.
The Holy Archangel Gabriel has been called the leader of the heavenly hosts; he is associated with numerous happenings in Holy Scripture, particularly his revelation to the Theotokos that she would bear Christ. Thus his primary role has been called one of announcing the salvation of mankind. The Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel on March 26, the day following the Feast of the Annunciation, and again on July 13; he is also commemorated together with all the Archangels on their Synaxis date, November 8.

History

The name Gabriel comes from the Hebrew meaning “Man of God.

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