Gabriel is the patron saint of: Argentinean ambassadors, broadcasters, clergy, communications workers, diplomats, messengers, philatelists, Portugal, post offices, postal services, postal workers, radio workers, archdiocese of Seattle Washington, secular clergy, stamp collectors, telecommunications workers, telegraphs, telephones, television, and television workers.
You should be aware that the word "angel" denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. A spirit receives the title of angel when they deliver a message from God to Earth. Moreover, those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.
And so it was that not merely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary. It was only fitting that the highest angel should come to announce the greatest of all messages.... So too Gabriel, who is called God's strength, was sent to Mary. He came to announce the One who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers. Thus God's strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenly powers, mighty in battle.....from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great
The word Angel means "Messenger of God." Gabriel is one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible. Gabriel appeared to the prophet Daniel to explain the prophet's visions relating to the Messiah. (Daniel 8:16-26; 9:21) He appeared to Zachary in the temple to announce the coming of Zachary's son, John the Baptist, and to strike Zachary mute for his disbelief. (Luke 1:11-20) In his most famous visitation, Gabriel appeared to Mary to let her know that God had chosen her to bear Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.
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