About St. Michael the Archangel

Bronze statue of Michael the ArchangelSaint Michael is one of the seven archangels; the Angel of God's Power.

According to the Encyclopedia of the Saints, Saint Michael the Archangel is one of the "three angels (with Gabriel and Raphael) whom the Church venerates by name. Michael's name means "who is like God," and in Christian lore he is one of the chief angels in heaven.

The Catholic Church honors Michael with four main titles.
              • First, he is the Christian angel of death, assisting the soul of each person in its journey after death to heaven for judgment. One tradition states that Michael grants a final chance to all people to redeem themselves before death and so causes consternation for the devil and his minions.
              • Second, he is the special patron and protector of the Chosen People of the Old Testament.
              • Third, he is the supreme foe of Satan and the fallen legions, being named specifically in the Book of Revelation as fighting against Satan and coming at the end of the world to command the hosts of the Lord in the final struggle.
              • Finally he is the guardian of the Church.
    Named the patron of policeman by Pope Pius the XII, Saint Michael is also considered a patron of sailors, security guards and soldiers. He is also said to have a role as an angel of healing which lead to his adoption as the patron of EMT's.

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    St. Michael is one of the best loved of all saints in the Catholic tradition because of his strength and dedication to God. Many people make a daily practice of praying the “Saint Michael Prayer,” which asks St. Michael to be a defender and protector.

     St. Michael Prayer:
    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 Hosts,
    by the power of God cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
    who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen.
    St. Michael feast day: September 29.

        Patron Saint of Police Officers
        Patron Saint of Military
        Patron of Soldiers
        Patron of holy death
        Patron of sailors
        Patron of paramedics
        and many other vocations.
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