Mosaic of St. Uriel by James Powell and Sons, at St John’s Church, Boreham, Wiltshire.
|Venerated in||Rabbinic Judaism, Anglicanism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Serbian Orthodox Church|
|Feast||September 29 (Western), November 8 (Eastern)|
|Attributes||Archangel; Fire in palm; Carrying a scroll, a flaming sword and a disc of the sun.|
|Patronage||Sacrament of Confirmation, poetry|
Uriel (Hebrew: אוּרִיאֵל, Coptic: ⲟⲩⲣⲓⲏⲗ, meaning “God is my light” or “fire of God”) is an archangel in Jewish and Christian traditions. The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Anglicans call him “Saint Uriel the Archangel” or simply “Saint Uriel”.
In Judaism and Christianity[change | change source]
The Roman Catholic Church only recognizes three archangels which are mentioned in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. But according to the post-exilic rabbinic and certain Christian traditions, there are four or even seven archangels, Uriel is generally the fourth. In the Deuterocanonical book 2 Esdras, Uriel is sent by God to answer the questions which are asked by Ezra.