Barachiel

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"The Angelic Council" ("Ангелскй Собор"). An Eastern Orthodox Church icon of the "Seven Archangels." From left to right: St Jehudiel, St Gabriel, St Selatiel, St Michael, St Uriel, St Raphael, St Barachiel. Beneath the mandorla of Christ Emmanuel are representations of Cherubim (blue) and Seraphim (red).

Barachiel (Heb. ברכיאל "Bārkiʼēl", Lightning of God; Arabic: بُراقيل "Burāqīl") is one of the seven Archangels in Eastern Orthodox tradition.

In the Third Book of Enoch he is described as one of the angelic princes, with a myriad of some 496,000 ministering angels attending him. He is counted as one of the four ruling seraphim, and counted the prince of the second heaven and of the order of confessors. He is described in the Almadel of Solomon as one of the chief angels of the first and fourth chora.[1] He is regarded as the angel of lightning.[2]

Iconography[edit]

In iconography Barachiel is sometimes shown holding a white rose against the chest, or with rose petals scattered on the clothing, particularly the cloak.[3] In Roman Catholicism, Barachiel is depicted holding a bread basket.

Patronage[edit]

Barachiel's responsibilities are as varied as the blessings for which the archangel is named, Barachiel is also the chief of the guardian angels and it is written that Barachiel may be prayed to for all the benefits which the guardian angel is thought to confer if one is not praying to the guardian angel directly, but as an intercession.

Barachiel is also traditionally associated with the month of February and the Zodiacal sign Pisces.[4] He is also sometimes described as being the ruler of the planet Jupiter and the zodiacal sign Scorpio.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels, including the Fallen Angels. New York: The Free Press, 1967, ISBN 9780029070505
  2. ^ Bunson, Matthew. Angels A to Z. New York:Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1996. ISBN 0-517-88537-9.
  3. ^ Roeder, Helen (1956). Saints and Their Attributes. Chicago: H. Regnery Co. LCCN 56013630. 
  4. ^ Sisung, Kelle S., editor. Angels A to Z. New York: Gale Research, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-7876-0489-5.