Saint Michael
(Patron Saint of Paratroopers, Sailors, Security Forces, Peace Officers, and Swordsmiths)

 Saint Michael (10k jpg)

Michael the Archangel (whose name means, "Who is like God?" ) was by tradition the leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion to him is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews with theological writings about him in all three cultures. He is considered the guardian angel of Israel.

His Feast Day is September 29

He is also commemorated on The feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael, on May 8, which commemorates the 6th century appearance of the archangel on Mount Gargano near Manfredonia in southern Italy. Tradition has it that Michael requested a church built in his honor at the site. If you find medals or holy cards with 'relics' of Michael, they are probably rock chips from the cave, or pieces of cloth that have touched it.

A brief note on the term "Archangel." from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, c. 380

"Though commonly used to signify a being, the word "angel" denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits but hey can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who... who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. 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."

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