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July 13, 2016 + On Icons of the Holy Angels

by St. Methodius of Olympus died ca. 311

For instance, then, the images of our kings here, even though they be not formed of the more precious materials— gold or silver— are honoured by all. For men do not, while they treat with respect those of the far more precious material, slight those of a less valuable, but honour every image in the world, even though it be of chalk or bronze. And one who speaks against either of them, is not acquitted as if he had only spoken against clay, nor condemned for having despised gold, but for having been disrespectful towards the King and Lord Himself. The images of God's angels, which are fashioned of gold, the principalities and powers, we make to His honor and glory.

The Second Discourse on the Resurrection, from


Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel

Troparion, Tone 4

Gabriel, commander of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy beseech you, by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you: "Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!"

Kontakion, Tone 2

You look upon God's glory in heaven, and bring grace from on high to earth, wise Gabriel, leader of angels, minister of God's glory, and divine defender of the world! Save and preserve those who cry to you: "Be our defense, so that no one can be against us!"

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