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St. Michael, the Archangel
Feast day: September 29
Michael, who is like unto God, was the cry of the great Archangel when
he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts. From
that hour he has been known as Michael, Captain of the armies of God,
the archetype of divine fortitude, the champion of every faithful soul
in strife with the powers of evil.
We see him in Holy Scripture as the special guardian of the children of
Israel, their comfort and protector in times of sorrow or conflict. It
is he who prepares their return from the Persian captivity, when the
prophet Daniel prays for that favor (Daniel 10:12-13); who leads the
valiant Maccabees to victory in battle, after the prayer of Judas
Maccabeus (I Mac. 7:41-44).
Ever since its foundation by Jesus Christ, the Church has venerated
Saint Michael as her special patron and protector. She invokes him by
name in her Confiteor, she summons him to the side of her children in
the agony of death, and chooses him as their escort from the chastening
flames of purgatory to the realms of holy light.
Lastly, when Antichrist shall have set up his kingdom on earth, it is
Michael who will unfurl once more the standard of the Cross. This we
know from a prophecy of Scripture which states clearly that in those
days the great prince Michael will rise up to protect the children of
God. (Daniel 12:1-4)
During the plague in Rome in the 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great saw
Saint Michael in a vision sheathing his flaming sword to show that he
would put an end to the scourge which was ravaging the city. In 608 a
church was erected in thanksgiving to Saint Michael for the help he
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