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November 8 is the Synaxis of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and All Heavenly Hosts

imageStanding as thou dost before the throne of the tri-luminary Trinity, O Gabriel, leader of hosts, and shining with the abundance of divine illumination emanating ceaselessly therefrom, deliver thou from the stark darkness of passion those who joyfully stand in ranks on earth extolling thee. Delight them by illumination, O intercessor for our souls.

Demolish, O Gabriel, leader of hosts the attacks of heretics, rising constantly against thy fold. Heal the division of thy Church; still the tempest of countless temptations, and deliver from hardships and calamities those who eagerly celebrate thy memory, who hasten to the shadow of thy protection, O intercessor for our souls. . . .

Rejoice with us, all ye princes of the ranks of angels; for your leader and our great champion, the great prince of hosts, is today seen sanctified in a strange manner in his noble temple. Wherefore, it is right and meet that we laud him, crying, Protect us by the shadow of thy wings, O Michael the great Archangel. . . .

Come, ye who hold in the world an angelic celebration, let us raise our voices in praise unto God sitting on the throne of glory, Holy the heavenly Father! Holy the coeternal Word! Holy the most Holy Spirit! . . .

O ye foremost of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy, beseech you that by your petitions ye encompass us with the shadow of your immaterial glory, preserving us who kneel and cry ceaselessly, Deliver us from oppression, since ye are the princes of the ranks of dominions on high.

From Vespers for the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and the Rest of the Incorporals, Divine Prayers and Services, The Late Reverend Seraphim Nassar

Icon of the Archangel Gabriel from thehand of Diane Plaskon Koory, courtesy of Conciliar Press.