St Michael

St Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of our parish.  His feast day is celebrated on September 29th.  He is regarded as the patron and protector of the Christian Church, because he remained faithful to God, and defeated Lucifer.

Revelation 12: 7-12
Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.  Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his anointed.  For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before God day and night.  They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. T herefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.”

Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels.  The other celestial choirs includes: Angels, Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Domination, Virtues, Powers, and Principalities. Among all the angels, Archangels have the most special and protective love for humans and earth. (Jude 1:9; 1 Thes 4:16) The Church recognizes Michael the Archangel as one of the greatest of the Archangels and is considered to be the guardian of the Church.

Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And you, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.