Angels // Saint Michael the Archangel

  Image by Adrianna Tucker/Graphic by Lauren Gates

Image by Adrianna Tucker/Graphic by Lauren Gates

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence  and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day Amen

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:7-9

Angels remind me a lot of the comic book superheroes you might see in movies or on TV. Nobody knows who they really are, but they go anywhere and everywhere to help people and protect those in need. If Saint Michael was a superhero, I would compare him with Captain America.

Why?

According to a lecture from Lighthouse Catholic Media, Michael was the first angel who came to God’s defense after Lucifer began his rebellion. Imagine Lucifer hovering in the sky, with his band of fallen angels, ready to attack, when all of a sudden, Michael comes, saying “Who is like God?” You can basically switch it out for “Avengers, assemble!” It would mean the exact same thing.

There’s also another story involving a shrine in Monte Gargano, a town in southern Italy. The town was being seized by an army of pagans, so the bishop called for fasting and prayers to Saint Michael. After three days of fasting, the Christian army marched out, only for St. Michael to suddenly appear in the middle of a massive earthquake. A dark cloud covered the mountain and bolts of lightning struck down on the enemy. Any survivors on the enemy side fled in terror.

In short, you do not mess with Saint Michael.

Saint Michael is the patron saint of police officers, firefighters, paratroopers, and paramedics. All of these occupations have people who protect and serve others and act as everyday heroes in our lives. If you hear an ambulance or a fire truck pass by, ask Saint Michael to be with them. He’s also a good saint for whenever acts of violence and terrorism occur, especially nowadays.

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 hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

To Jesus through Mary-Monique Ocampo

  image by thesaintsproject.org

image by thesaintsproject.org

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