Note: The names of the archangels Barachiel, Jegudiel, Salaphiel, and Uriel are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. These names and references to these archangles come from sources not accepted by the Roman Catholic Church or its tradition, such as Gnostic texts. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the existance of seven archangels as stated in Sacred Scripture, however, Pope Zachary made a ruling accepting only the names Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael at the Council of Rome in 745.
The archangels Barachiel, Jegudiel, Salaphiel, and Uriel are presented for historical interest only. The Eastern Rite Churches recognize these and other archangels in their doctrine. Some state that there are thousands of arcahangels. These however are generally accepted amoung the Eastern Churches although their names vary according to language.
Patron of the Sacrament of Matrimony
Hebrew: 'God's Blessings'
In the Third Book of Book of Enoch (Ancient Hebrew Text) Archangel Barachiel 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. He is regarded as the angel of lightning.
Barachiel is sometimes shown holding a white rose against the chest, or with rose petals scattered on the clothing, particularly the cloak. Barachiel is depicted holding a bread basket.
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 carries an abundant basket of bread, the staff of life, symbolizing Christian parenthood and it's grave responsibilities both spiritual & temporal, to produce and provide for, the children God desires of married couples. He is a powerful intercessor for the barren as well as for troubled marriages. He carries in his hand a book, a reminder of the wealth of instructions in the Holy Scripture, the writings of the saints and Papal encyclicals for husbands, wives and children concerning marriage and family life.1
Prayer to Archangel Barachiel
O Powerful Archangel, St. Barachiel, filled with heaven's glory and splendor, you are rightly called God's benediction. We are God's children placed under your protection and care. Listen to our supplications, grant that through your loving intercession, we may reach our Heavenly Home one day. Sustain us and protect us from all harm that we may posses for all eternity the peace and happiness that Jesus has prepared for us in heaven. Present to God the Father all these petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.2
Prayer for Marriage
Oh Blessed St. Barachiel, obtain for us through your intercession, the fullness of the graces of the most holy sacrament of matrimony. Intercede for us most fervently, in those moments of great duress and temptation, when we are most unlikely to recall your power to intercede for us, that through your benevolent love, you may thwart the efforts of the evil one to harm our marriage, our family and our faith. Be our bulwark against our weaknesses that our union may grow stronger, our family may grow more pious and our faith may grow deeper. St. Barachiel come with your legion of angels to rouse us out of our torpor! Help us and our children to do good and grow in the love of God and Mary. Amen3