Of the Seven Archangels only three are commemorated liturgically:
- St. Gabriel's Feast is on 24 March,
- St. Raphael's Feast is on 24 October
- St. Michael's Feast is the 29th September (Michaelmas)
St. Michael- Archangel Michael whose name means “Who
is like God” is clearly the chief of all Archangels
from the Christian perspective. He appears in the Old Testament
(Daniel), the New Testament (Jude, Revelation) and even
Islamic writing. In Christian art he is generally depicted
hold aloft a sword, killing a dragon representing Satan.
St. Gabriel - Archangel Gabriel whose name means "Man
of God” also figures in the Old Testament (Daniel),
the New Testament (Luke) and the Qur’an. In 1951 Pope
Pius XII declared him patron of those involved in electronic
communications (radio, television, telephone, telegraph),
illustrating his function as messenger. However this is
in general conflict with the old Kabbala.
Finally St. Raphael - Archangel Raphael whose name means
“God heals” is found in the Apocrypha in the
Book of Tobit.
Consider that there are four Throne guardians or Seraphim
mentioned as chief among the Old Testament angels, there
appears to be one missing from the Feast day structure,
as Gabriel, Michael and Raphael are mentioned by name. The
old texts tell us that this missing Archangel is the Archangel
Uriel whose name means "Light of God".
However it must be noted that there is mention in some
texts of additional archangels other than those identified
above. The number vary however these can range between seven
and twelve. Enoch names seven, the others being Raguel,
Sariel, and Remiel or Jeremiel.
Should we not then honor the Archangel Uriel? But what
date should he be honored on?
Well according to occult law his season is winter and his
month is September. His day is Saturday and his hour is
Therefore there is a good argument
to set his Feast day on the 11th September.