About the Archangels
Feast Day: September 29
The archangels are leaders of angels in the army of God. These three archangels are mentioned in scripture. Their feast day is on September 29.
St. Michael is usually depicted as a warrior, St. Gabriel as a messenger, and St. Raphael as a healer. The readings for this feast with the exception of the first reading (see below) all mention angels directly. The alternate for the first reading mentions St. Michael by name.
These three archangels also remind us of our mission as disciples. We must be defenders of the weak and lost, like St. Michael. We must bring the Good News to the world, like St. Gabriel. And we must be agents of healing to those who are broken, like St. Raphael.
Daily Mass Readings for the Feast of the Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
- First Reading – Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14: “Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him.’
- Alternate First Reading – Revelation 12:7-12ab: “War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.’
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 138: “In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.”
- Gospel – John 1:47-51: “And he said to him, Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
People typically ask for St. Michael’s intercession in times of spiritual danger. He will help us in battle when we are tempted by the evil one.
St. Raphael is known as a healer from his role in the book of Tobit. Call upon this angel when you are in need of the healing power of God.
Don’t be afraid to ask the angels for help, especially for pro-life issues. These beings worship and adore God, but they also offer us protection and guidance.