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Saint Michael the Archangel



And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon,
and the dragon fought and his angels
Apocalypse 12:7


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, when accusing her faults;
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.





“MI-CA-EL,” or “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.




Devotion to Saint Michael is common to Christians, Jews and Muslims, with writings about him in all three cultures. He is considered the guardian angel of Israel.

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).


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 gave.


To name a few...
Against temptations, Patron of ambulance drivers, artists, bakers, battle, boatmen, Brussels Belgium, Caltanissett Sicily, coopers, Cornwall England, danger at sea, dying people, emergency medical technicians,  fencing, Germany, greengrocers, grocers, haberdashers, hatmakers, hatters, holy death, knights, mariners, milliners, Papua New Guinea, paramedics, paratroopers, police officers, Puebla Mexico, radiologists, radiotherapists, sailors, San Miguel de Allende Mexico, security forces, security guards, Sibenik Croatia, sick people, soldiers, firemen and  police officers, storms at sea, swordsmiths, watermen.



Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.

And do thou O Prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan

and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world

seeking the ruin of souls.



Prayer to Saint Michael

Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly armies,
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in our battle against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of this world of darkness,
against the spirit of wickedness in the high places.
Come to the assistance of men
whom God has created to His likeness
and whom He has redeemed at a great price
from the tyranny of the devil.
The Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector;
to thee the Lord has entrusted the souls
of the redeemed to be led into Heaven.
Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church.
Offer our prayers to the most High,
that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us.
Take hold of the dragon, that old serpent,
which is the devil and Satan, bind him,
and cast him into the bottomless pit
so that he should no more seduce the nations.



















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