Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel
Feast Day: September 29

The patron of our community, as the name implies, is St. Michael the Archangel, the Prince of Spiritual Warfare. In devotion to him and the Blessed Mother who has been given the authority to crush Satan's head, we seek the will of God as spiritual warriors in His army. This is depicted on all our our St. Michael pendants and medal necklaces.
Saint Michael is the protector of the Church and of our Order. The Church, as far back as the fourth century, has paid special honor to the glorious Archangel Michael, whom in her liturgy she invokes as Prince of the heavenly host. His name is the war cry with which he smote Lucifer and his proud followers and cast them out of heaven into the depths of hell. His name means: Who is like God?
The battle is still being waged in the world. God gave us, through His Son Jesus Christ, a Church to teach, rule, and sanctify us, and lead us to His Kingdom in heaven. God wants us to become holy, for our holiness means glory to God and the triumph of His Church. But revolt against God and His Church is set against this Divine triumph and glory. Satan and his devils attack God and His Church in religious, social, political, economic, and educational areas of life.
Excerpted from The Introduction to the Rule of St. Michael


St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel. St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New. The first reference occurs in the Book of Daniel (chapter x), where Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In Daniel xii, Michael is called the great prince who standeth for the children of Thy people. In these references Michael is represented as Israel's great support during the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity. Daniel, wise and holy leader that he was, wanted his people to understand that God had not forgotten them, and that, even though enslaved, they had a royal champion. In the New Testament (Jude ix), we are told that Michael disputed with the devil over the body of Moses; this episode is not mentioned elsewhere in the Bible.
In the Apocalypse (chapter xii) we find the most dramatic reference to St. Michael. Here John recounts the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God, and how Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the hosts of evil and drives them out. In this role he has been painted by many artists, and the poet Milton, in book vi of Paradise Lost, recounts the famous struggle. Because of this victory, St. Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, as well as among many theologians in the West, St Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim. He is the special patron of sick people, mariners, and grocers; in Asia Minor many curative springs were dedicated to him. His cult has also been popular in Egypt, Rome, France, and Germany. His emblems are a banner, a sword, a dragon, and scales. The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, Who is like God?
Saint Michael, Archangel. Scriptural Saint. Celebration of Feast Day is September 29. Taken from Lives of the Saints

The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominions may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven. Amen.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
Concluding prayers:
O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Links

The Archangel St. Michael Virtual Chapel
The Biblical Meaning of the name of Michael
Biblically CorrectGet your t-shirt with St. Michael or your favorite saint on it here.
Catholic Devotions: Angel Prayers
Catholic On-line Saints Pages
Divine Cover: Protecting the Protectors
Michael Ricker Pewter Sculpture
Mont Saint MichelLocated on an island along the northern coast of Brittany, Mont Saint Michel is a medieval castle built on sharp peaked hill. It is so named after the angel Michael appeared at this site in about AD 500.
Mount Saint MichaelLocated on an island in Mount's Bay along the southern coast of Cornwall, Mount Saint Michael is a castle built on sharp peaked hill. It is so named after the angel Michael appeared at this site in the fifth century. It has been the home to Benedictine monks under Edward the Confessor, to Saint Keyne of Ireland, and, likely, to earlier native religious cults who may have worshipped the sun on the mount.
Patron Saints Page
Picture of St. Michael as seen in the National Gallery of London

Prayer to St. Michael
Prayer to St. Michael
Prayers to St. Michael - Patron of Policemen
St Michael the ArchangelSaint Michael the Archangel with picture of St. Michael
St Michael the Archangel
St Michael the Archangel
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael
St Michael Guardian of Autumn
The Saint Michael & St. Gudula Cathedral in Brussels, BelgiumIn 1047 the Duke of Brabant, Lambert II, had the relics of Saint Gudula transferred from the Saint Gorik church in downtown Brussels to the new church at the Treurenberg hill. From that moment on the Saint Gudula and Saint Michael church took the lead over all the other churches in Brussels. Lambert II also gave the church a chapter of 12 canons (= priests who took care of the services and possessions of the church).
St Michael's Parish: Our Patron Saint
A web site dedicated to the cause of Saint Michael the Archangel
Welcome to Trinity Junior High`s Saint Web Page.Our religion class at TJH thought it would be a great idea to share the extraordinary stories of our favorite saints. We found that many saints are especially great for teenagers to help us with our problems on earth and now they can ask God to help us. TJH`s religion class hopes you find these stories enjoyable and helpful.

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