St Michael the Archangel.
posted by: Joan Vine | on: Thursday, 25 January 2018, 13:48
Michael means “who is like God?” - A name for one whose mission is to fight against the egos of others and remind them that no one is like God. St Michael is the only angel mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. In Daniel 10: 13 Michael is named and described as “one of the chief princes”. The Epistle of Jude and the Book of Revelation also mention Michael who victoriously fights the devil. He is called on whenever there is a suspicion of demonic or diabolical activity. The prayer to St Michael is used on such occasions and it was also prayed after every Catholic Mass from 1886 until 1964 when Pope Paul VI discontinued it.
The prayer to St Michael is:- St Michael, Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
There have been numerous apparitions of Michael reported over the centuries. One of the most famous sites is the Michaelion Church near Constantinople, erected in the fourth century by Emperor Constantine the Great. At the command of Mary, Queen of the Angels, Michael came to the aid of Constantine in his battle against Emperor Maxentius. Constantine built the church for Michael in gratitude. Michael appeared there to the Emperor and said “I am Michael, the chief of the angelic legions of the Lord of hosts the protector of the Christian religion, who while you were battling against godless tyrants, placed the weapons in your hands.” Miracles accredited to Michael have been reported at the Michaelion over the years.
Today Michael is revered by millions who pray to him for intercession. He is especially believed to be the champion of justice and righteousness. In Christian art, Michael is usually portrayed in military garb holding a sword and scales and vanquishing a serpent. He is venerated as the most prominent and greatest angel in Christian, Jewish and Islamic lore. Alan Vine
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