The name Gabriel is translated to mean “man of God” and first mention of him appears in the Old Testament with the prophesies of Daniel. The Angel Gabriel served as God’s messenger in several places throughout the Old and New Testament. Gabriel was the angel that told Daniel the 70 weeks prophecy. Gabriel was also the angel who showed himself to Zachariah to announce the birth of Saint John. He was also present at the Annunciation telling Mary that she would have a son that would become the savior of the world.
In both the Christian and Jewish faith, Gabriel is listed as one of seven archangels. The Jews also venerate him as the angel of judgment.
St. Gabriel is the patron of communication workers and postal carriers and his feast day is the 29th of September. He is often portrayed in a way that emphasizes his wings, accenting his ability to carry God’s word to people.