The Annunciation (St. Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary) by Paolo de Matteis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“And the Archangels—whom we must regard as differing in some degree from those called Angels—experience a delight that is filled with awe as they enter more closely into the counsels of eternal wisdom, and are commissioned to execute them with supreme skill at the proper place and time. Here you have the reason why these in turn love the Lord Christ.” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Doctor of the Church)

The Memorial of St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church (1090 – 1153) is August 20. The Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels, is September 29. The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is March 25.

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