Archangel Gabriel, Chief Commander of the Heavenly Hosts

Feast Day: March 26th, July 13th & November 8th


The Life of Archangel Gabriel: The Archangel Gabriel was chosen by the Lord to announce to the Virgin Mary about the Incarnation of the Son of God from her, to the great rejoicing of all mankind…

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Prayers

Kontakion: Supreme Commander Gabriel, you are the glorious intercessor and servant before the All-Radiant, Worthy, All-Powerful, Infinite and Awesome Trinity. Ever Pray now that we may be delivered from all tribulations and torments, so that we may cry out to you: “Rejoice, protection of your servants!”

Troparion: Gabriel, Commander of the Heavenly Hosts, we who are unworthy beseech you, by your Prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you: “Deliver us from all harm, for you are the Commander of the Powers on High!”


Synaxis of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel and the Other Bodiless Powers (November 8th).

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God sent Archangel Gabriel to the Righteous Saint Joachim and his wife Saint Anna, to announce the most wonderful news of their Conception of the Mother of God (December 9th).

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Our Most Holy Mother of God spent her childhood in the Temple of Jerusalem. During these years, Archangel Gabriel remained with her and protected her, they would often talk and Pray together.

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Awed by the beauty of thy Virginity and the exceeding radiance of thy Purity, Gabriel called out unto thee, O Theotokos: What worthy hymn of praise can I offer unto thee? And what shall I name thee? I am in doubt and stand in awe. Wherefore, as commanded, I cry to thee: Rejoice, O Full of Grace (March 25th).

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Archangel Gabriel was sent from God to Announce to Saint Zacharias the Conception with his wife Saint Elizabeth, of Saint John the Forerunner (September 23rd).

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Three days before the Blessed Dormition of Our Most Holy Mother of God, Archangel Gabriel came to Announce to her the news of her Dormition. He gave her a palm branch, and during the procession of her precious body to the tomb Saint John the Theologian carried this palm branch in front of the bier (August 12th).

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About the Revelation of the Hymn It Is Truly Right (Axion Estin): Then he chanted something the disciple had never heard before, “It is truly meet to Bless Thee, O Theotokos… (June 11th)

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It is truly meet to Bless thee, O Theotokos, Ever Blessed, and Most Pure, and the Mother of our God. More Honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more Glorious than the Seraphim. Without corruption thou gavest Birth to God the Word. The true Theotokos, we Magnify thee.

Apolytikion: Ye hosts of the Fathers of Mount Athos, gather today, and shout with a voice of jubilation, leaping for joy, and faithfully keeping feast: For, behold, the praise of the most pure Theotokos wondrously and awesomely is sung by the Angel; and therefore, as the Mother of God, we Glorify her name.

Kontakion: All of Athos keepeth feast this day in gladness; for it wondrously received from an Archangel’s Holy hand the hymn whereby thou hast ever been praised as the Mother of God, as is truly meet.


Archangel Gabriel and Archangel Michael are often depicted together in Icons as they are the Leaders of the Heavenly Hosts.

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Icons