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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Angel by Giotto, c.1320
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Today's 'Home Page' Table of Contents:
At the top:
--Gabriel depicted in art
Midway down the page:
--What's new on the site
--The angel Gabriel by Linda Colucci-Madalone
--Gabriel in Hebrew Scriptures
--The story of Abraham & the 3 mysterious visitors
For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
--The Hierarchy of Angels, A-Z
And the Last Word: a fresh look
Subscriber Linda Colucci-Madalone has contributed a written portrait of the archangel
Gabriel, or Fortitudo Deo, often translated as 'Hero of God.' He is specifically mentioned
in the Bible four times. Here, Linda presents a slightly untraditional view of him.
The word “Angel” comes for the Greek meaning “Messenger.”
All Archangels have specific roles in our lives. Gabriel is depicted as a Male Angel in Christian records,
pronunciation and “Our” perception of what Gabriel looks like. Since We all have Male/Female spirit it seems
refreshing that this particular Archangel “Gabriel” can be seen as both.
Gabriel is one of three Angels that is also honored as a Saint. Gabriel’s Feast day or day of celebration is
color, please have Faith that Gabriel is with you.
Gabriel is known as the Angel who guides Writers. Gabriel delivers messages from Heaven to You, and
through Your writing you will share these uplifting healing messages for the sake of Others and Yourself.
Whether it is for your personal journal or writing for publication, Gabriel will assist You, so that your words
will be received as a message to strengthen and enlighten.
Gabriel’s name means “God is My strength,” and knowing this empowers You to be strong-- for God is in
You. When you Meditate or Pray with the intention of Gabriel’s Love you will feel surrounded with a sense
a Childlike spirit. Gabriel brings out Our Child Archetype, which is one of the most predominant of Archetypes,
that We all share. Remembering the things that gave us joy as young’en are still attainable as an Adult if we
just open up to that energy. Nurture the Young and You will be nurturing your inner child.
Gabriel will boost Your confidence and help You feel safe. Gabriel is gentle as a Deer yet Gabriel’s’ wings are
strong and powerful and if this Angel is hovering around You, it also signifies that You have Leadership qualities
and should honor these gifts and guide Others through your healing words and actions.
• I was inspired by the references to Archangel Gabriel by:
these to be true. I hope this encourages You to explore more about Gabriel and other Archangels.
Blessings, Linda Colucci-Madalone
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In this story from Genesis 18,
Abraham is unaware that he is
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains
of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat
of the day.
And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo,
three men stood by him. And when he saw them,
he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed
himself toward the ground and said, "My lord, if now
I have found favor in your sight, pass not away, I pray
you, from your servant.
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash
your feet and rest yourselves under the tree; and I
will fetch a morsel of bread and comfort you your
hearts. After that you shall pass on, for therefore
are you come to your servant." And they said, "So
do, as you have said."
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah,
and said, "Make ready quickly three measures of
fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth."
And Abraham ran unto the herd and fetched a calf,
tender and good, and gave it unto a young man, and
he hastened to dress it.
And he took butter and milk and the calf which he had
dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them
under the tree, and they ate.
And they said unto him, "Where is Sarah your wife?"
And he said, "Behold, in the tent."
And he said, "I will certainly return unto thee according
to the time of life; and lo, Sarah your wife shall have a
son." And Sarah heard it from the tent door, which was
Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in
age, and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I
have waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old
And the LORD said unto Abraham, "Why did Sarah
laugh, saying, `Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am
old?' Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time
appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time
of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
Then Sarah denied, saying, "I laughed not," for she was
afraid. And He said, "Nay, but you did laugh."
And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward
Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on
| photo by Chuck Bowman
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The Hebrew word
for angel is malakh,
or 'divine spirit.'
Angels are important
In Judaism. Gabriel
is mentioned in
Daniel 9, and is also
credited as the
angel who buried
Hierarchy of the Angels
according to the writings of
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite,
in his book of the 4th or 5th century entitled,
The Celestial Hierarchy.
First Sphere: heavenly counselors, probably all of equal rank
Seraphim: Caretakers of God's throne, who continuously sing His praise.
(Mentioned in Isaiah 6)
Cherubim: Guardians of light and the stars. They are described as having
four or six wings and have perfect knowledge of God.
(Mentioned in Genesis 3, Ezekiel 10 and 1 Kings 6)
Thrones: Orphanim, angelic beings shaped like shiny orbs, who carry the throne of God.
(Described in Ezekiel 10:17)
Second Sphere: Heavenly governors
Dominions: Hashmallim, holding the task of regulating duties of lower angels.
They rarely make themselves known to humans.
Virtues: Fortresses or Strongholds, they oversee groups of humans and
inspire humanity in many areas, such as art and science.
Powers: Angelic beings sharped like brightly colored fumes.
They are the keepers of conscience and history. They oversee the
distribution of power among mankind. Birth and death are Powers.
Rulers & Authorities: Two types of angels. Rulers develop ideologies,
while Authorities write doctrines.
Third Sphere: Heavenly messengers
Principalities: Angelic beings shaped like rays of light.
The are guardians of nations and countries. One of their duties is to choose human rulers.
Archangels: Angels who are given tasks of great importance to mankind;
they tend to areas of human endeavor. It is thought that Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel
may be archangels and seraphim or cherubim at the same time.
Lucifer is thought to have been an archangel before his fall.
Angels: The lowest order of angels, but the most familiar to mankind.
There are thought to be many kinds of these angels, with different functions.