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Posted by Joyan Tharakan on June 2, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Roman Catholic:

In Roman Catholicism, three are honoured by name:

St. Michael

St. Gabriel

St. Raphael (Tobit 3:17, 12:15)

Pope St. Gregory the Great in a sermon gave the names of the other four:

Uriel who is named in 2 Esdras,

Phanuel, (Orfiel, Ophaniel)

Zarachiel (Saraqael) who were both named in the Book of Enoch

Simiel (Proclaimer of God).

Eastern Orthododox:

Eastern Orthodox Tradition mentions "thousands of archangels; however, only seven archangels are mainly venerated by name, but there is an eighth one sometimes mentioned. 


in the Hebrew language means "Who is like unto God?" or "Who is equal to God?" St. Michael has been depicted from earliest Christian times as a commander, who holds in his right hand a spear with which he attacks Lucifer/Satan, and in his left hand a green palm branch. At the top of the spear there is a linen ribbon with a red cross. The Archangel Michael is especially considered to be the Guardian of the Orthodox Faith and a fighter against heresies.


means "Man of God" or "Might of God." He is the herald of the mysteries of God, especially the Incarnation of God and all other mysteries related to it. He is depicted as follows: In his right hand, he holds a lantern with a lighted taper inside, and in his left hand, a mirror of green jasper. The mirror signifies the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery.


means "God's healing" or "God the Healer" (Tobit 3:17, 12:15). Raphael is depicted leading Tobit (who is carrying a fish caught in the Tigris) with his right hand, and holding a physician's alabaster jar in his left hand.


means "Fire of God," or "Light of God" (III Esdras 3:1, 5:20). He is depicted holding a sword against the Persians in his right hand, and a flame in his left.


means "Intercessor of God" (III Esdras 5:16). He is depicted with his face and eyes lowered, holding his hands on his bosom in prayer.


means "Glorifier of God." He is depicted bearing a golden wreath in his right hand and a triple-thonged whip in his left hand.


means "Blessing of God." He is depicted holding a white rose in his hand against his breast.


means "God's exaltation." He is venerated as an inspirer and awakener of exalted thoughts that raise a person toward God (III Ezra 4:36).( As an eighth, he is sometimes included as archangel.)


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