New Catholic Dictionary – Abel the Patriarch

illustration of of the murder of AbelArticle

Second son of Adam and Eve, slain by his brother Cain because the latter’s oblation was not accepted favourably by God as was Abel’s. For his death in this way he is regarded as a type of Our Saviour. His death symbolizes, too, the bloody sacrifice of the Cross and the unbloody one of the altar. He is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, and his name holds first place in the Litany for the Dying.

MLA Citation

  • “Abel the Patriarch”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 July 2008. Web. 18 April 2015. <>