(who is also often known as "Barakiel") means "God's blessings." Other spellings include Barchiel, Baraqiel, Barkiel, Barbiel, Barakel, Baraqel, Pachriel, and Varachiel.
Barachiel is known as the angel of blessings. He intercedes in prayer before God for people in need, asking God to give them blessings in all areas of their lives -- from their relationships with family and friends to their work. People ask for Barachiel's help pursuing success in their pursuits. Since Barachiel is also the chief of all guardian angels
, people sometimes ask for Barachiel's help delivering a blessing through one of their personal guardian angels.
In art, Barachiel is usually depicted scattering rose petals that represent God's sweet blessings showering down on people, or holding a white rose (which also symbolizes blessings) to his chest. However, sometimes images of Barachiel show him holding either a basket that's overflowing with bread, or a staff, both of which symbolize the blessings of children that God bestows on parents. Barachiel sometimes appears in feminine form in paintings that emphasize Barachiel's nurturing work delivering blessings. Like all archangels
, Barachiel doesn't have a specific gender and can manifest as either a male or a female, according to what works best in a given situation.
Role in Religious Texts:
The third Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish
text, describes archangel Barachiel as one of the angels who serve as great and honored angelic princes in heaven, and mentions that Barachiel leads 496,000 other angels who work with him. Barachiel is part of the seraphim
class of angels who guard God's throne, as well as the leader of all the guardian angels who work with humans during their earthly lifetimes.
Other Religious Roles:
Barachiel is an official saint
in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and he is also venerated as a saint by some members of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic tradition says that Barachiel is the patron saint of marriage and family life. In astrology, Barachiel rules the planet Jupiter and is linked to the Pisces and Scorpio zodiacal signs. Barachiel is traditionally said to inspire a sense of humor in people who encounter God's blessings through him.