Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Archangel Gabriel is one of three archangels mentioned in Scripture. He is mentioned four times, and, of those, twice in the New Testament. Here he announces the birth of John the Baptizer and then announces to Mary her blessing of being chosen to be the Mother of the Saviour. Thus he is considered the angel of the Incarnation and an angel of mercy. (adapted from newadvent.org)
In the liturgy of the mass people are drawn up together with the angels and archangels and all the saints in singing the praise of God. We are reminded of the daily work of God's angels as we learned it in the small catechism, "Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me."