Oil Dedicated to St Gabriel (The Messenger)
St Gabriel is one of seven archangels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord, and one of the three archangels mentioned in Sacred Scripture: Michael.
Gabriel may have been the angel who appeared to the shepherds near Bethlehem to announce the birth of Jesus. Luke 2:9-14)
Gabriel may have the angel mentioned by Luke who appeared to the Lord Jesus himself, in the Garden of Gethsemane before His Passion, to strengthen him. (Luke 22:43)
Gabriel may have the young man that Mark described who seated in Jesus’ tomb and who also appeared to the myrrh-bearing women intending to anoint the body of Jesus. Mark said, “The young man clothed in a white robe told the women. ‘Do not amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has raised; he is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, he is going before you into Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.’ ’’ (Mark 16:5-7)
Feast Day: The feast of St. Gabriel included in the Roman calendar in 1921. For celebration on March 24. The day before the Feast of the Annunciation. In l969, the feast day for St. Gabriel the Archangel changed to September 29 for a combined celebration with the Archangels Michael and Raphael.