St. Michael's Patron Saint page

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St. Michael the Archangel

Feast Day: September 29

Patron of: grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, and sickness.

Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God.  This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank.

St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we know from scripture and Christian tradition.
>  To combat Satan.
>  To escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.
>  To be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.
>  To call men from life on Earth to their heavenly judgment.

Very little is known about St. Michael other than what we know from scriptures, which is sparse.

Saint Michael the Archangel is referenced in the Old Testament and has been part of Christian teachings since the earliest times.  In Catholic writings and traditions he acts as the defender of the Church and chief opponent of Satan, and assists persons at the hour of death.

A widely used "Prayer to Saint Michael" was brought into official use by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and was recommended by Pope John Paul II in 1994:

PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Saint Michael the 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, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God, cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls
Amen


Image Credit: St. Michael in stained glass window by Franz Mayer & Co.Quis ut Deus? ('Who is like God?') is on his shield.
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