St. Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we know from scripture and Christian tradition.
- The first is to combat Satan.
- The second is to escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.
- The third is to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.
- And the fourth is to call men from life on Earth to their heavenly judgment.
St. Michael was chosen by one of our homes in Camrose as their patron saint. They chose him because throughout history, St. Michael the archangel has been known as a fighter of evil and a leader of the army og God. He was also known as the protector of, and advocate for, the people. At this home, the staff work to care for those they serve and offer a source of protection. They advocate for their independance and wellness on a daily basis and believe St. Michael will offer his blessing as they continue this work.
St. Gabriel is an angel who serves as a messenger for God to certain people on earth. He is one of the three archangels. Gabriel is mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible. First, in the Old Testament, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel to explain his visions. Gabriel is described as, "one who looked like man," as he interprets Daniel's visions. He later appeared to Zaccharias to tell him that he and his wife would have a baby they would name John and to Mary and Joseph to tell them they also would have a son whom they would name Jesus. Gabriel told Mary she would conceive from The Holy Ghost and the baby would be the Son of God.
St. Gabriel was chosen as the patron saint by one of our homes in Red Deer and one in Wetaskiwin because they know the importance of communication in their homes and in the agency. He was also chosen by a home in the Community Outreach and Disability Service ministry in Edmonton. Their reason was that just as Gabriel is heaven's master communicator, Gabriel empowers humans to master communication skills. Our teams all focus on communication as the core support they provide.
St. Raphael is one of the seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord, and one of the only three mentioned by name in the Bible. He appears, by name, only in the Book of Tobit. Raphael's name means "God heals." This identity came about because of the biblical story that claims he "healed" the earth when it was defiled by the sins of the fallen angels in the apocryphal book of Enoch.
St. Raphael was chosen as their patron saint by one of our homes in Red Deer because he's the angel of healing and the patron saint of travellers. A home in Wetaskiwin also chose him and added that it is said that Raphael delights in bringing health and happiness everywhere he goes which is what we try to do with the people in our care. A third home, in the Community Outreach & Disability Service ministry in Edmonton, also chose St. Raphael because, in addition to the reason mentioned already, his name, loosely translated, means "God heals" and the staff really like that meaning.