St. Gabriel, Messenger of Peace, Pray for Us.

St. Gabriel, Messenger of Peace, Pray for Us.

“Peace upon you, ministering angels, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
Come in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.
Bless me with peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He. May your departure be in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, of the Supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He.”

This Hebrew prayer, amongst many other Jewish and Christian prayers, is obviously riddled with the word “peace”. Peace is everywhere in Jewish, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian liturgy, as well as in the scriptures… but why? What kind of peace do we ask the Angels of peace to bless us with? Is it world peace? Is it tranquility? Is it the absence of anxiety? Is it a good nights sleep? Or is it something greater? Is it something divine and unparalleled to our own standards of peace?

After this week, I plan on writing a post related to Peace. This is something that I have always felt the need to explore and to understand. Its something that I feel to be crucial for defining the role of G-d’s Messiah and the grandeur of his divine salvific plan. Those of you reading this, try to engage “peace” during this week. Try to discover its context in scriptures as well as in worship. Search for its liturgical historicity and how its been used in prayers throughout the ages…. and I will see you next week.

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