Uriel as regent of the sun
|Venerated in||Judaism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism|
|Feast||September 29 (Western),
November 8 (Eastern)
|Attributes||Archangel; Carrying a book, flaming sword or disk of the sun; fire in palm|
|Patronage||Art, poetry, confirmation|
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.