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Archangel Gabriel fresco. jpg|100px|left]]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 [ [Soteriology|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]].
reason why Gabriel is most celebrated, is his role in the [[ Annunciation]] and other events in [[New Testament]] times attributed to him by Tradition. Starting in [[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 1, Gabriel first appears to [[Zachariah]], the father of [[John the Forerunner|John the Baptist]]. Zachariah initially refuses to believe that his barren wife, Elizabeth, and he will have a child in their old age. Gabriel then strikes Zachariah mute until the birth of his son because of his disbelief.
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