March 2016

St. Michael the Archangel Facts

What do we know about St. Michael the Archangel?  Who was Saint Michael the archangel?  The Bible and church tradition that has been passed down through the generations give us some facts.

The name “Michael” means “who is like God?”

He is mentioned in the book of Revelation, warring against satan.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  Revelation 12:7-9

He is mentioned in the Book of Daniel.  The angel, Gabriel, was sent to speak to Daniel in response to Daniel’s prayers.

Then he said unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that  thou dist set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God,  thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Daniel 10:12,13

St. Michael is also mentioned in the book of Jude.

Tradition holds that it was St. Michael who met Joshua.

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?  And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?  And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.  And Joshua did so.  Joshua 5:13-15

While Saint Michael the archangel has been the champion for God in battles in history, he is still warring for God today.  This is why he is invoked by many though the prayer of St. Michael.

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