Synaxis of the Archangels


On this day the Church celebrates the present Synaxis, that is our coming together in assembly for their common feast to chant their praises, for the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel and Barachiel who are mentioned in the Scriptures by name.  The name Michael means “Who is like God?” and Gabriel: “God is mighty;” Raphael: “the healing of God;” Uriel: “the enlightenment of God;” Salaphiel: “the prayer of God;” Jegudiel: “the glorifying of God;” Barachiel: “the blessings of God.”

Apolytikion of Synaxis of the Archangels in the Fourth Tone

O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: “Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high! ”

Kontakion of Synaxis of the Archangels in the Second Tone

Chief Commanders of God; ministers of divine glory; guides for men and leadership of the Incorporeal; as Chief Commanders of the Incorporeal, plead for our welfare and for great mercy.


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