Monday, 29 September 2008

Feast of the Archangels

Today is the Feast of the Archangels.

The three drawings I am posting are all ones you have seen at least once during the past year, but I am including them again on this special day.

The first one is of the Archangel Michael who is usually counted as chief among the Archangels. In fact, this feast used to be called the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels.

St. Michael is the angel often depicted slaying the dragon (the dragon represents Satan). There are also pictures and icons of St. George slaying the dragon. You can tell the difference since St. George does not have wings!

This second drawing is of the Archangel Gabriel.

He is best known for his role in the Annunciation -- announcing to Mary that she was to be the Mother of the Messiah. He also appeared to Zechariah, the husband of Mary's cousin, Elizabeth, foretelling the birth of St. John the Baptist.

This third drawing is of the Archangel Raphael.

He is less well known unless you have read the Old Testament book of Tobit in which he plays a major role. Not only does he get Tobit's son, Tobias, safely married, but also brings healing to Tobit. If you have never read the Book of Tobit, you really should as it is a wonderful story.

There is another Archangel whose name I cannot recall at the moment. He is really not well known at all. Nor have I ever seen a drawing of him.

Anyway, Happy Feast Day to you all.

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