|Angel - Bar Convent Chapel|
To end the sequence we have Barachiel. Saturday in Heaven does not sound like a day of rest as Barachiel cares for it under two titles - Lightning of God - and - Blessing of God. His symbols are rose petals and a basket of bread- images of generosity and affection - although this is probably why he is so busy.
He has three distinct roles in tradition. Barachiel's first responsibility is as chief of all the guardian angels ; whether this simply involves matching them up with their human wards or if guardian angels ever require training or discipline is not mentioned, perhaps just the odd word now and again.
Barachiel is also the patron of Confessors, giving them a compassionate ear, a discerning heart and words of encouragement. Another of his symbols is the Book of Wisdom so able to give godly and practical advice. He then stands before God offering the contrite hearts for blessings and grace.
Barachiel is also the patron of married couples especially those seeking children or troubled marriages.
He brings a sense of balance,hope, blessings and reconciliation to humanity. Not at all unwelcome at the end of the week.
Blessing of Archangel Barachiel
Blessing of God
Bless our lives
Lightning of God
Enlighten our Hearts
May we be guarded
as precious jewels
in the crown of the Servant King
May we guard others
knowing they reflect
the face of the Living Lord
May we be forgiven
as the woman was forgiven
by the acceptance of God's Family
May we forgive
as we are forgiven
by the blessing of our merciful Father
May we find peace
in the arms of angels
settled around a throne of welcome
May we give peace
as though we were angels
Messengers of God's Holy Spirit
In Jesus' name