The question was asked, “Did the Archangel Michael get anything for his loyalty to God?” The brief answer is a resounding yes! Saint Michael was appointed head of the heavenly hosts – a post previously held by Lucifer – even though the former was a lowly archangel, in comparison to the latter who had been a seraphim. Michael earned eternity in heaven with the Most Holy Trinity, the privilege of guarding the universal Church and the People of God, among other things; and the privilege of chaining Satan forever.
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The Mozarabic Breviary establishes Michael’s place in heaven above that of the 24 elders mentioned in Sacred Scripture. In the Greek liturgy, Michael is called the Archistrategos– the Arch-General; Generalissimo. Archangel Michael is also one of the seven angels who serve directly in front of the throne of God the Almighty Father. The main feast day of the Archangel Michael in the Catholic Church is on the 29th September, the Feast of the Archangels. Michael’s feast day in the Orthodox Church is on 8th November, the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels.
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The question was asked, “Where was Jesus when Michael was fighting Lucifer (at the beginning)”? The answer is that Christ was in the bosom, the Divine Heart of God the Father because He had not yet become the Incarnate Word.
The question was asked, “Who was the angel who visited Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane?” The answer is very simple. The angel was Saint Michael the Archangel. It is for this reason that Michael is considered the guardian of Eucharist.
The question was asked, “How do I call on Archangel Michael for spiritual battle?” The answer is simplicity in itself. You pray to him. You ask him without fear, without any hesitation and with genuineness in your heart, to help you out in the moment. Michael honors all calls to him that are genuine. He is the Defender par excellence.
The question was asked, “What is Lucifer (Satan) fighting for?” The response is simple. He is fighting to gain the souls of humankind, as many as possible. Satan hates God our Father, but he hates us even more – he hates us with a vengeance we cannot even begin to conceive – because we have the capacity to become gods by grace, whereas Satan gave up everything he had when he rebelled against the Father out of pride.
Satan sees us as worse than dust, worse than nothing, less than worms. It is tremendously humiliating for him to see human beings – less than him by nature – come fully alive in and through God our Father and His grace. Thus Satan attempts everything he can to destroy us forever and in every conceivable way.
The question was asked, “Where were Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit when Michael was fighting Lucifer” at the beginning? The short answer is that both Christ and the Spirit were in the bosom, the Divine Heart, of God the Father as They had always been.
The question was asked as to who was created first by God the Father, whether it was Lucifer or Michael. The answer is the former. Lucifer – now Satan, the Devil – was the first angel to be created. He was the most beautiful of angels, but he proceeded to lose it all through his ceaseless pride.
Questions keep coming in as to why the Archangel Michael and Satan (formerly Lucifer) fought and continue to fight. Here is the brief answer:
And now war broke out in Heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of Heaven. The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the Devil or Satan, who had led all the world astray, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him (Rv 12:7-9).
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning? How art thou fallen to the earth, that didst wound the nations? And thou said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit in the mountain of the covenant, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the height of the clouds, I will be like the most High. But yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, into the depth of the pit (Is 14:12-15). And He said to them: ‘I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven’ (Lk 10:18).
Archangel Michael’s longstanding enmity with Satan (Samael) dates back to when the latter, as Lucifer, had attempted to raise himself above His very own creator God the Father, by refusing to obey Him and inciting other angels of the ranks of principalities and powers to do the same. Lucifer thought that he could successfully be better than God, without God, because he had been the Father’s ‘confidante’ and allowed to know Him more than any other angel. It is also held that God the Father
“revealed to the angels the future Incarnation of His Divine Son, whom they were to adore in His Sacred Humanity . . . [and] the surpassing dignity and glory of Mary whom, as the Mother of God, they were to venerate as their Queen” (St Michael the Archangel, 2006, p. 5).
Lucifer wanted for himself the hypostatic union that was to be in Jesus Christ; Lucifer also reacted with blasphemies upon being told that the Mother of God was to be Queen.
Thus, a fierce war broke out in Heaven, with Michael and many other faithful angels siding with God the Father, against Lucifer and the rebelling angels. Lucifer, one of the most glorious and exalted princes of the heavenly court, dazzled by the splendor of his own gifts, rebelled at the thought that human nature should be preferred to his own angelic nature. He would not acknowledge that a woman, inferior to him in nature, should at some future time be made his Queen, and that the seed of that woman should be preferred to himself for the honor of the hypostatic union. Desiring for himself the prerogatives of the God-man, he raised his great battle-cry of rebellion: “I will be like the Most High” (Is 14:14).
In their pride, a third of the angels took up Lucifer’s rebellious cry. At the same instant, another great Archangel, equal in beauty and grace to the proud Lucifer, prostrated himself before the throne of God. With an act of profound adoration, he opposed the cry of the rebellious angels with his own battle cry of love and loyalty: “Mi-kha-el” (St. Michael the Archangel, 2006, p. 6) – Quis ut Deus? – “Who is like unto God?”
During the fierce heavenly war that ensued, Lucifer had grabbed hold of Michael in an attempt to pull him down with him, in his fall from Heaven. However, Michael was saved by God the Father Himself, while Lucifer, “fell like lightning from Heaven” (Lk 10:18); hence, Michael’s fierce and unswerving loyalty to the Almighty Father. Michael also fiercely debated and rebuked Satan over the soul of Moses after concealing his tomb, because Satan wanted to use it to entice the Israelites to fall again into idolatry.
- Catholic Encyclopedia. (1911). Retrieved on 2/24/12 from: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10275b.htm
- Jewish Encyclopedia. (1906). Retrieved on 2/24/12 from: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=560&letter=M#1833
- Midrash Deut. Rabbah xi. 6.
- Midrash Pirke R. El. xxvi.
- Orthodox Encyclopedia. (2008). Retrieved on 2/24/12 from: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Archangel_Michael
- St Michael the Archangel. (2006). Tan Books.
The question was asked, “Did God send Raphael to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane?” The answer is in the negative. The angel whom the Father sent to console Christ during His agony in the garden was Archangel Michael.