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The Beautiful Gate, also known as the Royal or Holy Doors, stand between the Nave and the Sanctuary in an Orthodox Church. They serve as both as separation and a point of contact between these two areas of the Church. These doors depict the Annunciation — the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to the Theotokos to tell her that she will conceive and bear Christ, as well as the four evangelists, St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John.

These Royal Doors are part of the iconostasis at Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox Church in Boise, ID.

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The Archangel Michael is given several roles in the Tradition and Scriptures. He is the chief of the Archangels. He fights against Satan, rescues and brings souls to judgement, and intervenes to help us in times of need.

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Guardian Angel by the hand of Matthew GarrettGuardian Angels act to help us in times of trouble and tribulation to strengthen us. This icon of a Guardian Angel is a reminder of this. It is a great icon for children, as it reminds us that God cares for each of us and is present in our lives.

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“The Powerful or Strong Man of God,” “The Power or Strength of God” Dan. 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19-26.

Also called Djibril or Jibril.

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Troparion (Tone 4)

Gabriel, commander of the heavenly hosts,
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!”

Kontakion (Tone 8)

Supreme commander Gabriel,
you are the glorious intercessor and servant
before the all-radiant, worthy, all-powerful, infinite and awesome Trinity.
Ever pray now that we may be delivered from all tribulations and torments,
so that we may cry out to you:
“Rejoice, protection of your servants!”
Archangel Gabriel by the hand of Matthew Garrett 2010
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Archangel Jegudiel by the hand of Matthew Garrett

The Archangel Jegudiel (“The Glorifying of God”) encourages exertion in the service of God’s Glory, and intercedes to God for our reward. He holds in his hand a crown of martyrdom.

Jegudiel, Jehudiel or Gudiel

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Archangel Jeremiel by the hand of Matthew Garrett“The Compassion, Exaltation or Mercy of God” R.V. II Esdras 4:36.

Also called Jeramiel, Jerahmiel, Jerehmiel, Ramiel, or Remiel

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Archangel Michael by the hand of Matthew Garrett, 2003The Archangel Michael is given several roles in the Tradition and Scriptures. He is the chief of the Archangels. He fights against Satan, rescues and brings souls to judgement, and intervenes to help us in times of need.

“Who is like unto God?” Dan. 10:13; 12:1; Jude v. 9; Rev. 12:7-8

Troparion (Tone 4)

Commanders of the heavenly hosts,
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the powers on high!”

Kontakion (Tone 2)

Commanders of God’s armies and ministers of the divine glory,
princes of the bodiless angels and guides of mankind,
ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy,
supreme commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.
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Archangel Raphael by the hand of Matthew Garrett“The Healing of God” Tobit 3:17; 12:15.

The Archangel Raphael plays a great role in the book of Tobit, where he guides Tobias on a journey, appearing as a man named Azarias.

Also called Israfel

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Archangel Selaphiel by the hand of Matthew GarrettThe Archangel Selaphiel (“The Prayer of God”) reminds us always to pray. He is shown with his hands crossed in prayer in front of him.

Also called Salathiel, Selathiel, Seraphiel, Sarakiel, Saraqael, Zarachiel, Zerachiel, or Zachariel

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