Mounted Orthodox Icons of Angels (78)
Commemorated on March 26 / April 8
According to Bishop Nikolai Velimirovch in The Prologue from Ohrid:
The herald of the incarnation of the Son of God, he is one of the seven great angels who stand before the throne of God. He revealed to Zacharias the birth of the Forerunner, and said of himself: `I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God` (Lk. 1:19). His name, Gabriel, signifies `man of God`. Speaking about the Annunciation, the holy Fathers comment that an angel with such a name was sent to signify who He was, and of what nature He was, who would be born of the most pure Virgin. He would be the Man of God, the Man-God, the strong and mighty God. Others have found that it was this same Gabriel who announced the conception of the Virgin Mary to Joachim and Anna, and that it was he who taught Moses in the wilderness to write the Book of Genesis.