“At that time Michael will arise – the great Prince, defender of Your people. That will be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, Your own people will be spared – all those whose names are found written in the Book” (Dn 12:1).
“Then I saw an angel come down from Heaven, with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain. He overpowered the Dragon, that primeval serpent which is the Devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. He hurled him into the Abyss and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not lead the nations astray again until the thousand years had passed” (Rv 20:1-3).
“Michael is the breath of the Redeemer’s Spirit who will, at the end of the world, combat and destroy the Antichrist, as he did Lucifer in the beginning” (St Thomas Aquinas). “Devotion to St Michael and the holy angels is a mark of predestination” (St Alphonsus Liguori). Archangel Michael is the angel of Righteousness.
The question was asked, “Did Archangel Michael fight Satan?” The response is, “And how! And he still is, in every way, especially in these our times.” Michael is the angel-warrior par excellence. No one from among the angelic hosts excels in fighting Satan the way Michael does. He is the Generalissimo, the leader of the army of God, and the guardian of Paradise. He is also the guardian of the Blessed Sacrament and the universal Church.
Beloved of God, Michael was literally saved by the Father from being dragged down by Satan during the initial battle between the angels prior to the beginning of time. Michael will, therefore, do anything for God. Michael was also the ministering angel to Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.
O Michael, leader of hosts, who beholds things indescribable, since you are preferred with great privilege to the heavenly ones and stand in glory before the unapproachable throne, we beseech you to save by your intercessions, us who endure the hardships of tribulations and temptations. As you are clearly the foremost of the incorporeal angels, O Michael, leader of hosts, the minister of the divine Light, a witness and initiate thereof, save us who honor you annually in true worship, praising your faith in the Trinity.
Happy feastday, Michael! Above is shown an icon of Archangel Michael written by Borislava Katsarova.
Whenever you may need him, he is there, faithful as ever, to come to your assistance. Do not hesitate to call on Michael to help you, especially when you need help the most or are in the midst of spiritual warfare, because this beautiful and fiercely protective Archangel never fails to fulfill his duty.