"I am Gabriel, who stand before God" (Luke 1:19) The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown Himself mighty." The name ‘Gabriel’ appears first in the prophecies of Daniel in the Old Testament. Next, he is found in the apocryphal book of Henoch. Then, he was the angel who appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of St. John “the Baptizer”. Finally, he announced to Mary that she would bear a Son Who would be conceived of the Holy Spirit, Son of the Most High, and Savior of the world. Heavenly wisdom, tact, and adroitness are evident in Gabriel's conversation with the Virgin Mary. The archangel’s feast day is September 29th. St. Gabriel is the patron of communications workers. Thus, he is throughout, the angel of the Incarnation and of Consolation. Therefore, in Christian tradition Gabriel is ever the angel of mercy. Gabriel is described throughout scripture and with frequency with such words as- "great", "might", "power", and "strength”.
This ‘art with a purpose’ is handmade by carpenters of the finest caliber. The Standard board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. The finest 100% cotton, PH-neutral, archival museum-quality paper is used in the process. Lastly, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, water, and other outside elements. The construction of the wooden icon is a meticulous and painstaking procedure. These prime selected canvas’ and woods allow for expansion and contraction of the image that will prevent cracking or splitting.