Saint Michael the Archangel
By Pertronia Laina

St. Michael the Archangel is one of the three proper named angels in the Bible. Michael is the only angel of the Bible titled the archangel (Jude 1:9). In Hebrew the name Michael means 'Who is like God?' and this definition describes his mission for our salvation.

'Who is like God?' is a defending and assertive approach of being truly humble and obedient to God. The name is a battle cry of total love for God, the Creator. He is a chief angel of God's given power in authority to defend any spiritual being or human being who loves God. 'Who is like God?' is a verse of power against all the evil forces of the fallen angels. And he is of God's authority as one of the Commander in Chiefs of the heavenly army of angels. The name is of complete loyalty and a warrior for God.

Michael's power and love for God is demonstrated in the book of Daniel in Chapter 10 when he stands against the enemy prince. Daniel 10 recites in part: It was the third year of Cyrus, the King of Persia. A revelation was given to Daniel, who had been named Belteshazzar. It was revealed to Daniel that there will be a great war. Daniel mourned and fasted after receiving this revelation from God for three weeks (21days). Then on the 24th day of the first month Daniel saw a man-like vision and became physically weak and powerless. The man-like vision spoke and the sound of the vision's voice made him fall forward on his face. Then 'a hand' touched him and he was strengthened to raise up on his knees. The man-like vision said, "Daniel, beloved, understand the words which I am speaking to you; stand up, for my mission now is to you; fear not, Daniel, from the first day you made up your mind to acquire understanding and humble yourself before God, your prayer was heard. Because of it I started out, but the prince of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for 21 days, until finally, Michael, one of the chief princes came to help me. I left him (Michael) there with the prince of the kings of Persia, and came to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the days to come; for there is yet a vision concerning those days." And this man in a vision talked with Daniel more telling him that he (Gabriel) will have to fight the prince of Persia again. When he (Gabriel) leaves the prince of Greece will come, but he (Gabriel) is sent (from God) to give Daniel a message. Gabriel says that no 'one (angel)' supports him against all these kingdoms except Michael, your prince (who is) standing as a reinforcement and a bulwark (a line of defense) against the enemy.

Daniel Chapter 10 references the angelic office of Michael as one of the chief princes, and also states that Michael is Daniel's prince. Daniel is a fellow servant of God in the human nature. Michael demonstrates protection for fellow angelic messengers and is taking part in doing God's will to answer Daniel's prayer for understanding. God heard Daniel's prayer and sent the angels to deliver His message to Daniel. Michael's role is similar to a Commander in Chief of an earthly army who completes a mission strategy in war. The battle is fought while the soldiers deliver the message as commanded by authority. Michael was sent by God to Gabriel for the purpose to hold a line of defense against the evil enemy.

Further, Daniel 12:1 describes Michael to be a great prince, guardian of your (Daniel's) people. Daniel 12:1-4 tells of a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time...giving revelation that 'Those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars (as fellow angelic servants of God) forever.

Michael is portrayed in Jude 1:9. Jude is addressing those who are called beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ. Jude warns Christians against the false teachers. He writes that the false teachers are destroyed by God. These dreamers also defile the flesh, scorn lordship and revile (or ridicule) glorious beings. The character of the archangel Michael is displayed to me as being humble when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the dead body of Moses. Michael's wisdom did not pronounce a mocking judgment upon the devil, but he said to the devil, "May the Lord rebuke you!" But the false teachers are said to revile what they do not understand and are destroyed by what they know by nature like irrational animals (Jude 1:8-10).

The wisdom of Michael is in the humble submission to God's authority allowing God to have the judgment of His creatures. The virtues of humility and obedience are wisdom and prove Michael's complete love for God and His plan of salvation.

St. Michael the Archangel is the powerful angel who is the warrior against the fallen angels. He is both a shield and weapon in the struggle for our salvation when we call upon our Creator in prayer. He is our fellow servant of the Lord. Michael is an angel and therefore was in the beginning of time before man was created (Job 38:1-7) and is the same today. He is the great defender of the Church of Jesus Christ. All his works are for the glory of God, the Father and Who Is Creator of all things visible and invisible.

We may ask God for St. Michael's holy intercession in our lives and upon our nation. We pray that he in God's power will protect us from the devils as he protected Daniel when Daniel prayed to the Lord seeking understanding of the revelation of the "Great War."

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the 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, cast into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Raccolta 447- An indulgence of 3 years A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions, if this prayer is repeated daily. (S.P. Ap. November 12, 1932)

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