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.
The service of Saint Michael the Archangel is the suppression of the enemies of God’s truth (Abba Moses).
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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, “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.
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.
The question was asked, “Will Michael defeat Satan?” The answer is a resounding “yes.” Scripture tells us: “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 threw him into the Abyss, and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not deceive the nations again until the thousand years had passed” (Rv 20:1-3).
The question was asked, “What if Satan defeats Michael?” The answer is that Satan can never defeat the Archangel Michael, as he did not defeat Michael the first time around, because the Michael has the full power of God behind him, whereas Satan does not. Saint Michael is the prince of the heavenly hosts while Satan is the devil.
The question was asked, “Is Lucifer stronger than Michael the archangel?” The answer is in the negative. Lucifer being Satan, the Devil, he only has the strength and capacity to do harm insofar as God allows him to – no more, no less. Archangel Michael has the full strength and support of the Holy Trinity and the Virgin Mary in all his activities, because he lives fully in the Will of God.
The question was asked, “Is the archangel Michael greater than the archangel Lucifer?” The response is multiple in nature. Lucifer is Satan. He is not an archangel but a demon – the Devil. Neither was he ever an archangel before he decided that he wanted to be like God and above God. Michael is the lowly archangel who defended God with all his strength and defeated Lucifer in the first battle to ever happen. Michael is also the archangel who will defeat Satan again in the spiritual battle of our times.
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.