Most saints are human beings who have made their way to live in the presence of God for all eternity. However, this Sunday we celebrate the feasts of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. These saints were not human at all, but angels, in fact archangels. They are in charge of protection of human beings on earth.
The bible tells us of a Great War that took place in heaven. Michael and his angels were victorious in a battle with Satan thus making Michael our defender in battle, our protector. If someone is struggling with fighting their own demons it is not uncommon for them to pray for the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Gabriel is mentioned in the book of Daniel and Luke's gospel. Gabriel appeared to Mary proclaiming that she was to be the mother of the Savior. He also appeared to Zechariah informing him that Elizabeth, his wife, would have a son and call him John. Thus, Gabriel is considered the messenger of the Good News. We can pray to St. Gabriel for help in spreading the good news of Jesus.
Raphael is mention in the Book of Tobit, which only appears in Catholic and Orthodox bibles. Raphael brought healing to a blind man named Tobit and accompanied Tobit’s son Tobiah on his journey. We ask St. Raphael to intercede for us and protect us in our travels or ask him to help when we or someone we love becomes ill.