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The meaning of Uriel - 'God is my Light'- is sometimes confused with Lucifer's title 'Light of God'. Which may have been part of the reason Pope St Zachary removed him from the list of angels deserving of reverence. As with the other archangels, Uriel makes no claims for himself - he reflects God's presence as the archangel of redemption, wisdom and spiritual courage.
Uriel is said to be a steward of the earth; watching over the creative life forces within our world and turning the seasons from one to the other.
He is a watchful angel with a fondness for God's Chosen ever since he guarded the blood-marked lintels of the Israelites from the Angel of Death and protectively brought Elizabeth and John the Baptist to live with the Holy Family in Egypt to escape the slaughter of the innocents.
Uriel joins with your guardian angel in the Sacrament of Confirmation opening the path to the gifts of the Spirit which move us into our adult faith. He nurtures all gifts and talents with creative and inspirational energies. His symbol is a flaming sword bringing a bright truth to confusion and conflict.
Blessing of Archangel Uriel
Archangel of wonder
You bring the light of God’s presence
To shine on Creation.
Let me see the power of the Father
In mighty mountains and deep oceans
Let me see the love of Christ
In the growing fields of life
Let me see the gifts of the Spirit
In the harvests of the heart
In a world that hides from itself
Let my eyes be a witness
To the beauty in all things.
In Jesus' name