The Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation Statue vividly depicts the Archangel Gabriel greeting Mary and bringing to her to a message from God that, if she consents, she will be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah. The Archangel Gabriel here stands in anxious anticipation of Mary’s response. Together with the Virgin Mary of the Annunciation Statue (beth1570), the Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation Statue will be a wonderful gift for a wedding, a wedding anniversary, an ordination, an ordination anniversary, a profession or jubilee of religious vows, and for that small chapel that is so very special to you.
The Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation Statue – An Intentional Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
Composed of dolomite stone and resin, the Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation Statue stands 11 inches high. A community of cloistered nuns in France designed, fashioned and finished by hand this statue in the atelier of their monastery. As a true “contemplative in action”, each nun prayerfully undertakes a specified task to bring each and every piece to completion. How, where, and by whom this statue is made means that the Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation Statue is indeed ”culturally authentic” as well as an intentional labor of love, faith and hope!
The Archangel Gabriel – The Angel of the Annunciation
The Archangel Gabriel (in Hebrew גַּבְרִיאֵל – “God is my strength”) appears twice by name in the New Testament: First, as the angel who appeared to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25), and, then as the Angel of the Annunciation to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). The feast day of Gabriel and the other archangels is September 29th. God, of course, does not need archangels, guardian angels, angels, or any other creature. Yet God wills that angels and archangels exist and has assigned them a unique place in the hierarchy of being: below God and above human beings. Angels exist above human beings as pure spirits, not limited by time or space. Like human beings, angels have intellect and will: They think, imagine, and love. Like human beings, angels are below God since they are not all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. Saint Thomas Aquinas – the “Angelic Doctor” (Doctor Angelicus) of the Church – has elaborated a nine-level hierarchy of heavenly beings within the hierarchy of being: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.