St. Michael the Archangel


 
St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/29


Patron Of: Against Temptations, Ambulance Drivers, Artists, Bakers, Bankers, Battle, EMTs, Fencing, Germany, Grocers, Hatters, Holy Death, Knights, Mariners, Paratroopers, Peril At Sea, Police Officers, Radiologists, Sailors, Seafarers, Temptation

Memorial

    * 29 September
    * 8 May – Apparition of Saint Michael and Protector of Cornwall

Profile

    Archangel. Leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews, and there are writings about him in all three cultures. Considered the guardian angel of Israel, and the guardian and protector of the Church. In the Book of Daniel (12:1), Michael is described as rising up to defend the Church against the Anti-Christ.

    The feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael commemorates appearance of the archangel to a man named Gargan in 492 on Mount Gargano near Manfredonia in southern Italy. Gargan and others were pasturing cattle on the mountain; a bull wandered off and hid in a cave. An arrow was shot into the cave, but it came flying back out and wounded the archer. The cowherds went to their bishop who ordered three days of fasting and prayer to seek an explanation for the mystery. At the end of the three days Michael appeared to the bishop and requested a church built in the honour of the Holy Angels in the cave. If you find medals or holy cards with ‘relics‘ of Michael, they are probably rock chips from the cave, or pieces of cloth that have touched it.

Born

    * wasn’t

Died

    * hasn’t

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * Who is like God? (the battle cry of the army of heaven)

Patronage

    * against danger at sea
    * against temptations
    * ambulance drivers
    * artists
    * bakers
    * bankers
    * banking
    * barrel makers
    * battle
    * boatmen
    * coopers
    * dying people
    * emergency medical technicians
    * EMTs
    * fencing
    * Greek Air Force
    * greengrocers
    * grocers
    * haberdashers
    * hatmakers
    * hatters
    * holy death
    * knights
    * mariners
    * milleners
    * paramedics
    * paratroopers
    * police officers
    * radiologists
    * radiotherapists
    * sailors
    * security guards
    * sick people
    * soldiers
    * Spanish police officers
    * storms at sea
    * swordsmiths
    * watermen
    * England
    * Germany
    * Coimbatore, India, diocese of
    * Iligan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Mobile, Alabama, archdiocese of
    * Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, diocese of
    * Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, diocese of
    * San Angelo, Texas, diocese of
    * Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of
    * Sherbrooke, Canada, archdiocese of
    * Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese of
    * Toronto, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Albenga, Italy
    * Argao, Cebu, Philippines
    * Basey, Samar, Philippines
    * Brecht, Belgium
    * Brendola, Italy
    * Brussels, Belgium
    * Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
    * Caltanissett, Sicily, Italy
    * Carpineto Sinello, Italy
    * Castel Madama, Italy
    * Cerveteri, Italy
    * Cornwall, England
    * Cuneo, Italy
    * Dormagen, Germany
    * Dunakeszi, Hungary
    * Gaby, Italy
    * Gravina, Italy
    * Greccio, Italy
    * Iklin, Malta
    * London, England
    * Marcianise, Italy
    * Naranjito, Puerto Rico
    * Papua, New Guinea
    * Puebla, Mexico
    * Salgareda, Italy
    * San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines
    * San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
    * Sant’Angelo Romano, Italy
    * Saracinesco, Italy
    * Sibenik, Croatia
    * Siegburg Abbey
    * Toronto, Ontario, city of
    * Umbria, Italy
    * Vallinfreda, Italy
    * Zeitz, Germany
    * Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel

Representation

    * balance (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
    * banner (as the leader of the army of God)
    * dragon (representing the defeated devil)
    * scales (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
    * sword (as a soldier of God)

 



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