Book of Saints – Saint Gabriel the Archangel

detail from 'The Annunciation', Sandro Botticelli, 1490, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteArticle

September 29

The Prophet Daniel wrote that it was Gabriel the Archangel who announced to him the time of the coming of Messiah.

Gabriel also appeared to Zechariah “standing on the right side of the altar of incense,” as Saint Luke writes, to make known the future birth of John the Baptist.

But Gabriel’s greatest honor was to be sent to Mary at Nazareth and to announce to her that she was to be the Mother of God. When she consented, Mary became the Mother of the Son of God.

Gabriel’s name means “the strength of God.” God sent him as a messenger in the work that shows the power and glory of God.

Through many centuries Gabriel has been honored by Christians as the Angel of the Incarnation, of consolation, and of mercy. He left us the first words of the “Hail Mary.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Gabriel the Archangel”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>