There is this theological and devotional tradition that the Seven Archangels are also the patrons of the Seven Sacraments of the Church. Necessarily, this is not doctrine, but it is a tradition worth mentioning.

According to the tradition:

St. Michael whose name means “who’s like unto thee” is the Patron of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Holy Scripture describes him as one of the “Chief Princes,” and leader of the forces of Heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell.

St. Gabriel, whose name means “God conquers/the might of God. Is the Patron of the Sacrament of Baptism. He is the Archangels of the annunciation and the incarnation triumph over sin and death.

St. Raphael as his name means “God has healed” is the Patron saint of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He is the patron of travelers and bearers of good news.

St. Uriel is the Patron Saint of the Sacrament of Confirmation

St. Raguel is the Patron Saint of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

St. Zerachiel is the Patron of the Sacrament of Matrimony

St. Remiel is the Patron Saint of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

These traditions varies most times. A times, St. Gabriel is associated with the Sacrament of Matrimony based on the tradition that he was the Guardian Angel of the Holy Family; also, St. Gabriel is sometimes associated with the Sacrament of Confirmation since he was present at the Annunciation when the Holy Spirit came upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, which caused the Incarnation of Christ to take place.

Often times, Raphael is associated with the Sacrament of Matrimony due to his influence in the marriage story of Tobit; also, St. Raphael is sometimes associated with the Sacrament of Reconciliation or with the Anointing of the Sick due to his name which means the healing power of God.

This whole concept is not doctrine, but it is worth reflecting over.

Remember that the Sacraments do not come from the Archangels, for the Sacraments only come from Christ, but the Archangels can as well inspire us to reflect upon the Sacraments with greater reverence.

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