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Saint Uriel, St John's Church, Warminster, Wiltshire.jpg
Venerated inRabbinic Judaism, Anglicanism, Eastern Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Esoteric Christianity
FeastSeptember 29 (Western), November 8 (Eastern), 28 July (Ethiopian)[1]
AttributesArchangel; Fire in palm; Carrying a book, a scroll, a flaming sword and a disc of the sun.
PatronageArts,[2][3] confirmation, poetry

Uriel (Hebrew: אוּרִיאֵל, Greek: Ουριήλ, Coptic: ⲟⲩⲣⲓⲏⲗ[4], 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.[5] In the Deuterocanonical book 2 Esdras, Uriel is sent by God to answer the questions which are asked by Ezra.

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  1. Bunson, Matthew (2010). Angels A to Z: A Who's Who of the Heavenly Host. New York: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. p. 103. ISBN 9780307554369. In the orthodox churches of Egypt and Ethiopia, the Christians celebrate July 28 in honor of the archangel Uriel.
  2. "Window 33: Archangel Uriel". stpaulswinstonsalem.org. Retrieved 3 April 2019. He is a patron of the arts and the patron saint of the sacrament of Confirmation.
  3. "Christ Triumphant (High Altar)". www.stjohnsmemphis.org. Retrieved 3 April 2019. He is the keeper of beauty and light […] He holds in his right hand a Greek Ionic column which symbolizes perfection in aesthetics and man-made beauty.
  4. "The Apocryphon of John". marcion.sourceforge.net. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. Isidore Singer, Ludwig Blau. "URIEL". Jewish Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11 December 2017.