If you were in church on Easter, you might have noticed new banners on the walls. Here's the story behind the banners:
Canterbury is blessed to count many artists among our members. Ruth Meredith (who created the cut paper stations of the cross that were hanging in the atrium throughout Lent) is one of Canterbury's artists. Ruth created four stunning paintings of the Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel) that were hanging in the Parish Hall. Early in 2017, these paintings disappeared from the Parish Hall. We were devastated! Luckily, Ruth had taken high quality photos of the paintings, so we were able to use the digital images to create four new Archangel banners for the church! How appropriate. Just as we move from the grief and loss of Good Friday into the celebration of new, resurrected life at Easter, so we moved from the grief and loss of the stolen paintings into the celebration of their appearance in a new, transfigured form at Easter.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
MICHAEL:Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy.
In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude Michael is specifically referred to as "the archangel Michael". Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.
Gabriel is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the Old Testament, he appears to the prophet Daniel, explaining Daniel's visions (Daniel 8:15–26, 9:21–27). In the Gospel of Luke, Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, respectively (Luke 1:11–38). In the Book of Daniel, he is referred to as "the man Gabriel", while in the Gospel of Luke, Gabriel is referred to as "an angel of the Lord" (Luke 1:11).
Raphael is an archangel of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam who in the Christian tradition performs all manners of healing. In Islam, Raphael is the fourth major angel; in the Muslim tradition, he is known as Israfil. Raphael is mentioned in the Book of Tobit, which is accepted as canonical by Catholics, Orthodox, and some Anglo-Catholics, as useful for public teaching by Anglicans and considered useful and good to read by Lutherans. Raphael is generally associated with the angel mentioned in the Gospel of John as stirring the water at the healing pool of Bethesda.