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Archangel

Archangels are the highest order of angels and number only seven. The four most often depicted in art are: Gabriel, the messenger of God who brought the announcement of Christ's birth to the Virgin Mary; Michael, the dispenser of justice; Raphael, the healer and protector of travellers; and Uriel, the angel of prophecy and wisdom.

They are depicted with wings and usually carry an attribute (see the entries for Saint Gabriel, Saint Michael, and Saint Raphael).

 
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