Saint Michael, The Archangel
Official Feast Day September 29
Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power. — From a homily by Saint Pope Gregory the Great
Defend us in Battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou, prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust down to hell Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. — Pope Leo XIII
Name Meaning: “Who is like God?” (the battle cry of the heaven forces during the uprising)
Representation: banner; dragon; scales; sword.
Patronage: Against temptations; ambulance drivers; artists; bakers; bankers and banking; battle; boatmen; Belgium; Brussels; Sicily; Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel; danger at sea, dying people; emergency medical technicians; England; fencing; Germany; grocers; knights; mariners; police officers; sailors; security forces; and security guards.
Saint Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel.
Old Testament: Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21, Daniel 12:1
New Testament: Jude 1:9, Revelations 12:7
Traditionally, St. Michael, the Archangel was to have appeared during a plague in Rome, gathering the souls of those who had died or were in danger of dying. He is also known as a warrior saint, who protected soldiers and provided victory over the forces of evil. He was often invoked by military leaders as a sign of having God on their side.
In artistic design, he is usually depicted with a sword battling or standing in victory over a dragon, snake or Satan.