|Choirs of Angels at All Saints, York|
The Bible holds a tradition for certain numbers.
Seven is one of those which is repeated throughout Scripture as a sacred number, a number of completeness.
Recently I blogged Blessings for the days of Creation - one of the most well-known sevens.
To compliment them - here is a series of Blessings calling on the seven archangels first mentioned in the Book of Enoch; there are a number of names given to the seven who 'stand before the throne of God' and a variety of tradtions surround them - quite rightly - who can know everything about angels or archangels at that?
The Catholic Church names only three by tradition but the Eastern Orthodox Church both names them and gives them days of the week to take care of, so I will use those and if heaven is with with me the Blessings will come-
St Michael (Sunday), St Gabriel (Monday), St Raphael(Tuesday), St Uriel (Wednesday), St Sealtiel (Thursday), St Jegudiel, (Friday), and St Barachiel (Saturday).
-there are traditions that say that some of these are part of the fallen. I would rather give them the benefit of the doubt and bless always in the gracefull-ness of the Sacred Three.
To begin, here is an older blessing of the four well-known Archangels
Circle of Protection
I call on the mercy of the
To send circles of angels
To protect me.
And the mighty Archangels
To stand over me
To shield me with their wings.
To the North, stand Michael, Prince and Warrior
To the South, stand Gabriel, Speaker of Truth
To the West, stand Raphael, Healer and Defender
To the East, stand Uriel, Lightbearer.
May they be comrades in arms
Guardians of faith
Beacons against the darkness
Sentinels of God's Love
in Jesus' name