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St. Michael, the Archangel

St. Michael, the Archangel
St. Michael, the Archangel

The name Michael signifies “Who is like to God?” and was the war cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as “one of the chief princes,” and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles.

Although he is always called “the Archangel,” the Greek Fathers and many others place him over all the angels, as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness.

St. Michael is referred to by name four different times in Scripture. The first two are in the book of Daniel. Daniel 10:13 states: “but the prince of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for twenty-one days; until finally Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me...” Daniel 12:1 starts: “At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people…”

The third reference is in The Letter of Jude, verse 9: “Yet the Archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said ‘May the Lord rebuke you!’”

The final reference is in Revelation 12:7, “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.”