The Archangel Gabriel, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Picayune, Mississippi
"The Hebrew word for angel is mal’ak, meaning “messenger” or “ambassador.” In Greek the word is aggelos, which means “to bring tidings.” There are roughly 200 references to angels in Sacred Scripture. Like you and me, the angels are a creation of God, created in His image, unique one-of-a-kind creations, and given the gift of free will. As our purpose is to love and serve God here on earth, the purpose of the angels is to love and serve Him in Heaven. But unlike you and me, angels are pure spirit.
"Three archangels are mentioned in the Bible: Gabriel, Michael and Raphael. Gabriel was the messenger that announced the conception of John the Baptist to Zechariah (Luke 1:19) and at the Annunciation where he announced to Mary that she was to become the Mother of God (Luke 1:26-38). Michael did battle with evil (Jude 1:8-10 and Revelation 12:6-8). Raphael was the younger Tobit’s guide and mentor (Tobit 3:25)"
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
O God, who dispose in marvelous order
ministries both angelic and human,
that our life on earth may be defended
by those who watch over us
as they minister perpetually to you in heaven.
Through our lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Collect from the Feast of Saints Michel, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.