Picture of the outdoor statue of Saint Michael the Archangel at his house, the Santuario San Michele Arcangelo a Monte Sant’Angelo, Foggia, Italy where there is his “celestial basilica” consecrated directly by the archangel himself.
(Credit: Taken by “Tango7174” on Wikimedia Commons).
The question was also repeatedly asked, “Who’s older? Michael or Lucifer?” The short answer is neither because being angels, hence preternatural in nature, they are both timeless. However, Lucifer was the first angel to be created by God.
The question was also asked, “Did Saint Michael and Lucifer communicate?” Of course they did. First, prior to the beginning of time and Lucifer’s downfall through pride, they lived together in heaven. Second, they fought in the famous battle narrated in Scripture (Rv 12:7-9). Third, they communicated again when Satan attempted to steal the body of Moses (Jude 1:9). Fourth, they will directly fight again when Michael chains Satan for the era of peace to ensue (Rv 20:2). Fifth, they communicate every time Michael fights Satan to defend the People of God.
More about the relationship between Michael and Lucifer (now Satan) can be found here.
The question was repeatedly asked, “What is the function of Archangel Michael?” In other words, what’s his job? Below is a brief summary of what the Warrior-Prince of the heavenly host does. More can be found in the side links on this site
Archangel Michael has six roles, or offices, in our lives:
- He is both the Leader of the Army of God, and the leader of the heavenly hosts, in their triumph over Lucifer and all the powers of Hell. Michael is also the Guardian of Paradise;
- Together with their respective guardian angels, Michael escorts the souls of the deceased to their Particular Judgment, then to Purgatory or Heaven accordingly. At the hour of our death, Michael descends from Heaven, presents himself to each soul, and gives him or her the chance of final redemption before dying. Thus, thoroughly upsetting the plans of the Devil and his minions to possess as many souls as possible, for eternity, as long as we cooperate with Michael in our last moments. Michael also requests prayers from us for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, because it is his joy to escort them to Heaven, into God’s Presence, once their purification is completed;
- He weighs every soul with hesed in his perfectly balanced scales, in relation to how much saintliness or otherwise souls have achieved in their lifetime;
- He was the Patron of the Israelites in the Old Testament, and is the Guardian and Patron of the universal Church – especially the Church Militant – in the New Testament era. Michael is also the patron saint of multiple cities and countries;
- He is the Guardian of the Blessed Sacrament in tabernacles around the world and, during Mass, the incense-bearer before the throne of God the Father; and
- He is the Herald of the General Judgment.
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A serious paucity of accessible and reliable literature exists, in a single place, on The Warrior-Prince, Saint Michael the Archangel. Written simply, with icons and a fairly comprehensive bibliography included, derived from both Judeo-Christian scholarship and tradition, this small book is intended to fill that need in relation to the great, humble, but ever-powerful warrior and guardian of the universal Church. The book is particularly suitable for those who do not know the Archangel Michael or who desire to know more about him. According to the Greek Fathers, the Archangel Michael is the prince of the Seraphim and the defender of the Faith.
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.
The Warrior Prince: Saint Michael the Archangel is available in paperback edition from Amazon and other major booksellers.
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.
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.