This feast celebrates the three angels named in Sacred Scriptures, reminding us of the angelic world and of their constant ministrations to the world.
Michael (“Who is like God?”) is venerated as captain of the heavenly army, victor over Satan, protector of the Church and helper of the sick and dying. Today’s feast originated as that of the dedication of a Roman basilica in his honour.
Gabriel (“Strength of God”) announced both the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah and of Jesus to the Blessed Virgin Mary. His greeting at the Annunciation, “Hail, full of grace,” has become one of the most familiar prayers.
Raphael (“God heals”) took care of Tobias on his journey, as described in the book of Tobit, and is often associated with the angel of the sheep pool (Jn 5:1-4). He is a patron of the blind, travellers and physicians and nurses. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 3027