|Archangel Michael, Detailed Presentation|
His name means The One who is alike God. In some Biblical writings, and in later writings, The Archangel Michael is considered to be the most important of all the Archangels. This is mentioned both in the Christian tradition and in the Hebrew and Islamic ones.
Mount St. Michael and its miracle are universally known, classified World Heritage by UNESCO. However, there are other shrines dedicated to the archangel.
Archangel Michael, the Most Important of All the Archangels
Archangel Michael Holy Places
Archangel Michael, the Most Important of All the Archangels
His name means The One who is alike God. In some Biblical writings, and in later writings, The Archangel Michael is considered to be the most important of all the Archangels. This is mentioned both in the Christian tradition and in the Hebrew and Islamic ones. Being a divine protector par excellence, the Archangel Michael is often called, by the Church and the Christian community, to defend us from evil. It is no accident that in John's Apocalypse, Archangel Michael and his angels are described as being in combat with the dragon (satanic force) and demons (fallen angels) who are his subordinates, and the outcome of this struggle is that this dragon of the infernal abyss was thrown together beneath the earth, with the angels of darkness (demons) which served him.
For this reason, the Archangel Michael is mostly represented in the Christian iconography while fighting and defeating a dragon. Michael is often depicted with powerful wings, very large, carrying the bright blue Sword of Righteousness, a sword of fire, burning, radiating warmth and glow of Divine Light. In the Renaissance, He appears as a strong and handsome young man, dressed in a splendid robe, carrying a sword, shield and spear, and in other representations is the one who keeps the Scales of Justice.
When he appears as the One who weighs the souls, Michael is depicted holding a justice scale or a balance, holding in each dish, a small naked body, representing the souls: those accepted usually have the hands clasped in a gesture of gratitude, while the rejected one expresses the horror and the evil in his eyes and attitude.
He is then armed with a spear or a sword, that in fact are symbols of spiritual discernment which ultimately defeat all evil. Being a tool of the truth in action, the sword is the symbol of power, of the lucid force of the spirit, sometimes the only way to solve a problem or to achieve a long term result. Michael's sword is the purifying fire of truth that conquers the evil forces of darkness, transforming negative energies into pure energy, and brings divine life. Nobody can defeat the one who is holding the sword of Divine Justice, a symbol of power of faith. The sword’s guard and blade blends, in the shape of the cross, symbolizing the accomplishments consecrated to the Wholly Trinity.
Abraham’s Testament, dating from II century AC presents Archangel Michael as being so close to God that through his intervention before God, he can even save the souls from hells and guide them to heaven (secret upper spheres of the manifestation).
Just as the patron god ANUBIS Egyptian who controls the funerary rites and processes of conscious projection into astral worlds, Archangel Michael is also responsible for weighing the good deeds and bad deeds of the soul that just has left the physical body through the so called death. HERMES, which is the judge of the souls of the dead, in the Greek tradition (he is in this direction identical with the god Mercury in Roman tradition) is often identified with ANUBIS and the snakes that are coiled on its traditional caduceus present some similarities with the Archangel Michael and the dragon that he conquered. Moreover, it is noteworthy to notice that esoteric, defeating the dragon means in fact to achieve the phase of perfectly controlling the creative potential. Moreover, there is not by chance that the dragon, which is defeated by the Archangel Michael, is often represented with wings, and this (the dragon with wings) is a well known alchemical symbol which signifies a perfect control of both the inferior temptations and forces, which are immediately sublimated (this is the hidden meaning of the wings) into angelic and godly aspects. In this way, the lower nature of the snake is sublimated and transformed into the superior nature of the bird (dove or eagle).
Archangel Michael (Michael Angelus Sanctus lat., fr. Monseigneur Saint Michel; it. San Michele, Sammichele) is the one God has entrusted to chase the evil Satan and other rebellious angels. Michael is a fighter for justice and truth. With his sword of Light, he cuts the evil ties and protects with the warmth of his light all who should be defended from the forces of darkness. All his characteristics and any kind of intervention in the relationship between humans and Divinity have their source in his warrior capacity and the warlike nature, of a fighter which is in the service of good and Light.
He has a double task: the one of the wholly saint protector of the Church, on Earth, and of the Master of the Souls of the dead. He decides, in accordance to their merits, that the good ones will go to God, and the mean and evil ones, in hell. It is believed that the Archangel Michael appeared to Hagar (Genesis XXI.17) to forbid the killing of Abraham Isaac (Genesis XXII.11), he is also the one who brought the plague in Egypt, he led the Israelites during their journey, fought with Satan over the body of Moses (Jews 5), replaced the curses with blessings from the mouth of Balaam (Num. XXII, 35), was with Joshua at Jericho (Josh. v. 13), appeared to Gideon (Judges VI.11), brought the plague in Israel (2 Sat. XXIV.16), destroyed the Assyrian army (2 Chron. XXXII.21), released three Hebrew believers in a hot oven (Daniel III, 25) and sent Habakkuk to feed Daniel in the lion shelter (Bell and Dragon, 32). Also, Church teaching tells us that St. Michael is the man who brought the Holy Apostle Peter out of prison and punished Herod (who gladly received exaggerated praise of the people, who told him that he had spoken with the voice of an angel).
Sometimes described, in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, entitled the Fight of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness, as the one holding the keys of Heaven (Paradise), Archangel Michael, is called the Prince of Light, and he is the leader of the angels of light in the fight against the demons (angels of darkness), the latter being driven by the demon Belial, usually identified with Satan (who is called Prince of Darkness).
In Islamic tradition, the Archangel Michael (named Mikail), is depicted with green wings, of topaz, and being covered from head to toe with golden hair, each strand having a million faces, and each of these faces begging in another language for divine forgiveness for the evil acts of the faithful ones. In Muslim writings, Archangel Michael is depicted with emerald green wings and saffron-colored hair, and each thread has its one million faces and mouths with which millions of dialects, beg for God's forgiveness.
There is another wonderful belief telling us that God, after having created the Archangel Michael, made him the master of the forces, the nature spirits, the snow, lightning, thunder, wind and clouds. Starting from this description, Rudolf Steiner, in his book “Michael’s mission”, says that the meteorite iron was thrown by Archangel Michael on Earth to neutralize the negative effects of human emotions.
Once, Gabriel and Michael have visited the Prophet Muhammad. The latter had in his hand a stick given to him by Gabriel, the angel who constantly brought revelation to him. Gabriel said: "O Muhammad! Give it to the oldest angel." Then, the Prophet, gave it to Michael saying, "God gave me two heavenly counselors to help me teach my message - Gabriel and Michael." The prophet always used to express toward Michael and Gabriel, his concern for the fate of human beings. In Islamic tradition, the one who calls to prayer (muezzin) in heaven is considered to be Gabriel, and the leader of those who pray (imam) is Michael.
Since ancient times, Hebrew people loved and revered Michael because he is one who has guarded the tomb of Moses, and protected it from Satan, who tried to remove the prophet’s body from the grave to light, in his desire to lure Hebrew people into the sin of worshiping the earthly heroes.
Christians of Egypt placed their life-giving river, the Nile, under the protection of St. Michael and held large festivities to celebrate the outpouring of the Nile and its patron.
In Persia he is considered the Prince of the Stars.
Divine guide of human souls, leading them to eternal light, the Archangel Michael is, par excellence, the warrior hero of God. Therefore, his unconditional aid is received instantaneously by all those who struggle, full of heroism and courage against evil (both the outer and inner one, within themselves). The best way to attract his spontaneous support and guidance is to follow the path of the hero or the brave spiritual warrior. The converse is also true, meaning that by constantly calling the Archangel Michael and being fully dedicated to him, enhances in an extraordinary measure, in the one who does so, the qualities of a spiritual hero.
Throughout Christian history, Archangel Michael manifested himself many times, saving the various Christian communities from a lot of dangers. In the sixth century when a terrible plague broke out in Rome, St. Gregory advised the inhabitants to organize a procession through the streets, singing religious songs, songs which were then called Great litanies. These processions were held for three days and the last day, when they reached the tomb of Hadrian, St. Gregory saw the Archangel Michael in the air, floating above the city; then the Archangel descended on top of the Mausoleum and took off the sheathed sword, the sword was, they say, splashed with blood. After that, the plague ceased, and Hadrian's tomb was called since that day "The Holy Angel Castle" and a chapel bearing the name "Ecclesia Sancti Angeli's usque al Coelos" was dedicated to the Archangel Michael.
They also say that Archangel Michael appeared to request the building of two churches. The first was erected on the east coast of Italy and was named the Galgano Mountain Church. Legend says that in the fifth century, a man named Galgano lived in Siponte, who had many flocks; they were led to pasture on the mountain. At one point, a bull got lost and Galgano went with several servants to look for it, when they saw it the bull was on top of the mountain, near the entrance of a cave. Galgano was enraged on the bull so much that he ordered a servant to kill him, but the arrow turned into the chest of the servant who shot and killed him immediately. Of course, witnesses spoke of the incident and the news reached the ears of Bishop Laurent, who took the required actions: three days of fasting and prayer for all people, in order to learn the significance of this episode
On the third day a white knight surrounded by light appears and says: "I am Michael, author of the miracle of the grotto. From now on it will be my sanctuary on earth." No matter how impressed by this vision, Laurean did not do much, and the bull that fulfilled its mission went back quietly to his flock. But the angel didn’t cease: he wanted a sanctuary, because God wanted it and He shall have it. Shortly after the angel’s appearance, the barbarian vessels appeared on the sea: a huge fleet carrying troop with the intention of destroying the region. Again Laurent ordered his subjects to fast and pray. On the third day, when a providential storm swept the enemy ships, the Archangel appeared again claiming the victory. Convinced, the Bishop writes to Pope Gela to ask permission to dedicate that grotto to St. Michael. But considering that he already lost a lot of time, the Archangel comes to visit the bishop for the third time telling him: “it is unnecessarily to complicate his existence, as the cave is already consecrated by him!“. However pope's response was favorable. In the cave there was discovered a stream that came down from the cliff, with miraculous water to cure all sorts of diseases. Three altars were immediately raised, one of which was covered with a purple cloth embroidered with gold thread. The fame of this vision has spread throughout Europe, and the church built there became a holy place of pilgrimage.
Very soon, a magnificent church will be lifted, dedicated to the great archangel, on the place then called Mount Saint 'Angelo. This will be in the Middle Ages, one of the most important point of pilgrimage to the Holy Land and for a long time, there it will be shown the splendid paudamentum - the mantle of a Roman cavalry officer, who was left by the archangel as a sign of its passage. Michael will again manifest his protection during an epidemic plague, in 1656: he appeared to Giovanni Alfonso Puccinelli, bishop of Manfredonia (old Sipontium) on 22 December of that year, ensuring him that the epidemic will disappear once the triduum will be celebrated in his honor, and this proved true.
During the reign of Hidelbert II, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches in Normandy. Here there is a rock that was surrounded by water during flow, and was therefore regarded as an inaccessible fortress. The Bishop was told that a bull will be found hiding there, and the church must be built to cover all the land on which the bull trampled, and there is also there a very pure water stream. St. Aubert felt was just a dream, but the vision repeated again and again. Days passed. A new appearance impresses the Bishop: the archangel had a very dissatisfied air. After a few days Aubert rejects this view too, as an illusion, a simulacrum of the devil which was adored there under the name of Belenos. Although he failed to find his peace. The Angel then appeared for the third time. He was really angry and in a tone which admitted no reply required the sanctuary to be build. In order to convince the priest tells him that he would leave a mark. He touches his head and Aubert feels his head is drilled, but nevertheless no wound remains. Deeply convinced the bishop decides to take action starting next morning, it would undoubtedly make disappear the excruciating migraine that lasted the rest of the night and caused him intense pain.
With colossal efforts Mount Tombe is taken from pagan tribes and then cleared and is excavated similarly to the Galagano as St. Michael specifically requested it. To emphasize the link with the sanctuary in Italy Aubert sends two monks in order to obtain a few relics from the bishop of Sipontium: a piece of broken marble that the archangel step on, and a piece of the mantle that he left in the cave. Since the works to build the sanctuary were very difficult, the archangel appears in the village Icicus to a pious man named Baino: "Don’t be afraid, I'm Michael the archangel, and I come to ask you to go help Bishop Aubert. Take your sons and go the mountain. "
Amazed, but full of faith, the peasant takes his 11-th sons as the 12th was still in diapers, and goes to offer his aid to the bishop telling him about the appearance. Aubert is delighted about this providential aid but this help proves to be still ineffective: even if the were boys solid, full of good will, however, they fail to overcome the rock’s strength. Then Aubert sends for the youngest who just started to walk in his feet: to the wonder all with a single kick, the youngest shatters the granite, thus allowing the construction to continue. In the rock can be seen the pattern of the child's foot when he reached the rock. This is the legend. In 709, the two monks sent to Italy return from their pilgrimage.
They hardly recognize the region: Scissz forest and the small Pagan villages gave place to an immense beach bordered the immensity of the sea. And in the distance, dominating the tides, rises on Mount Tombe the archangel sanctuary. They find out how, with some time before, mid-March an earthquake shaped the area with unimaginable violence and the forest and its surroundings disappeared in the rampaging waves, being swallowed by the ocean. Only the mountain has lasted and it was named Mount St. Michael ever since. Everyone saw this cataclysm as one last attack from Lucifer who was casted out from its territory by the forces of the archangel Michael, as the Bishop had asked him, with all his forces, to remove Lucifer from that place.
The miracle has caused such a strong impression that in 710, King Childebert consecrated his kingdom to Archangel Michael: thus the Archangel became the protector of France. In 732, Charles Martel proves his protection during the battle of Poitiers where he invokes the archangel’s help, defeating the Saracens, thus clearly stopping their advance northward. Then there were many French rescuers who went in pilgrimages to Mount Saint Michel that became, along centuries, one of the most famous Christian shrines, which has never been destroyed despite the earthquakes, storms, fires and wars.
When in the paintings appears the Virgin Mary with Child, Archangel Michael shows the balance to Jesus, which seems to welcome the happy souls. However, with or without balance, in the paintings that represent the death, worship or glorify (worship) the Virgin Mary, the Archangel Michael is always the soul master, as tradition states that he received her soul and took care of it until she was raised to her Son. The two Archangels Michael and Gabriel, were painted on the side doors of the iconostasis (painted wall that separates the altar from the rest of the church), guarding the entrance to the place were the Holy Sacrifice, takes place, every Sunday. Because of all this evidence of ongoing support and protection offered to the whole mankind, in Christian tradition, the Archangel Michael is the most popular and called for angel of.
Michael is known as the Prince of the Archangels, the Liberator Angel, Defender of the Faith of the Sons and Daughters of God, keeper of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the spiritual protector of the Relationship Guide - disciple. In the hierarchy of heaven, he has the role of leading the armies of light against the rebels. About Archangel Michael and his actions or mission there are many references in the Bible, both about the past and the mission of the events described in Revelation. To him it was given the role to bring the first of the seven plagues that are described as the "wrath of God", in fact being the bad karma accumulated by mankind, that thus can manifest in order to release those who generated it, according to their degree they are prepared for it. Messages received through channeling, meditation, or by mediums in recent decades reveals that Earth has been released from quarantine, and the Archangel Michael leads the process of removing from the subtle bodies of humans, the seed of rebellion planted by the so-called angels fallen. For this, each person must ask, in their hearts, for this purification, following the path that it is appropriate for them in order to reach a new state of consciousness.
All that really happens on a planetary scale was orchestrated by the great Archangel Michael and by many great spiritual leaders of all faiths. Michael is the one who separates light from darkness and says: "Choose, go to the light, because if you go to the light, you will have more freedom, but it must come from your own will, without being forced by anybody." The Age of Michael, which will continue for several hundred years old, is an age in which we become spiritually strong, reaching increasingly elevated levels of vibration. We’ll then feel a deep compassion and sympathy not only for someone on the street who has nothing to eat, but compassion for the impact of our actions upon the lives of others.
Archangel Michael releases the negative energies from whatever source or place, not only from the outside world, but also from the subtle bodies of humans acting for the annihilation of seeds of rebellion planted among the people by fallen angels. For this, each must ask, in his soul, for purification, following its own path in order to evolve towards a new consciousness. Michael leads all those who are lost or stuck on the road. Archangel Michael sends revelation, offers us holy tips, full of wisdom, he is our divine protector, our shield against darkness, against evil forces. He is the angel of justice, progress, knowledge and fulfillment of our missions in earthly life, helps us gain patience in awaiting the fulfillment of the Divine Will.
Archangel Michael Holy Places
Mount St. Michael and its miracle are universally known, classified World Heritage by UNESCO. However, there are other shrines dedicated to the archangel. The oldest, attended since the 3rd century, is perhaps at Colossea, in Phrygia: with his sword of light the archangel cracked a rock in two to make a spring miraculously emerge. He did the same great miracle at Chairetopa, also Phrygia: the healing waters healing the believers who fervently invoked the Holy Trinity here.
But one of the most important is the church built on the street Salaria, in Rome by Pope Leo the Great (461) as a sign of gratitude for the protection granted by the archangel to the city during the Hun invasion. In front of Attila's hordes advance, the pontiff putt the city fate in the hands of the great archangel and went to the city gates to meet God's Whip which was impressed by this attitude and no longer pushed over the expedition while being attracted by a convenient atonement. Rome was thus saved and the church promised to the archangel was offered to him on 29 September, day which remained as the celebration day of St. Michael.
The belief in this special protection revived in the 4th century when Constantine, recently converted to Christianity, obtained a decisive victory over his rival Maxentius in October 29, 312. Being anxious about the fate of a battle that he would lead, the young Caesar of the West, was inspired to place in the forefront of his army, much less numerous than that of Maxentius, ruler of Rome, a flag - labarum - bearing the sign of the cross, which appeared to him on the evening sky, with a comment written in Greek letters: "With this sign you will conquer." Other traditions say that a mysterious voice advised him to paint on his soldiers’ shields the Greek letters Chi and Rho which are the initials of Christ. Constantine defeated Maxentius near the bridge Milvius, in a place called Saxa Rubra (Red Rocks) and the defeated dies by drowning in the river Tiber.
Two years later, in 314, Constantine has a vision. A very bright being appears dressed in a tunic with wings wide apart, with strong legs stuck in the ground which he declares: "I am Michael, the leader of the armies of God, the protector of Christian faith. I'm the one that granted you victory when you fought against the infidel tyrant. "
Filled with gratitude Constantine built a beautiful church dedicated to the Archangel in Sosthenion on the outskirts of the town Anapee, about 50 miles from Constantinople. The sanctuary is called Michaelion and was consecrated on June 8, 337, and the Orthodox still celebrate this date. In 483, the Bishop Focius of Apamee in Syria, worried about the barbarian hordes coming from central Asia, built and established another Michaelion at Huarte, not far from his city: In a mosaic the Archangel is depicted as he appeared to Constantine, bearing a globe in his left hand and a cross in his right hand with the sharp edge cutting a dragon.
Francis of Assissi visited Mount Saint Angelo on his pilgrimage through the Holy Land. In his great humility, he spent the night at the entrance to the cave considering himself unworthy to enter inside. A century later, Blessed Oring (1310) makes a pilgrimage with two friends. While passing through the dark shadow covering the mountain forests of Gargan, young girls were approached by some robbers who proposed to guide them. Worried, while consulting each other, a tall handsome man surrounded by light with a radiant face, his eyes shining like stars appeared to them and addressed them: "Young girls, leave those miserable who want to lead you to their hideout to plunder your goods and honor!" At the sight of the unknown, the robbers took off while he invited the girls to follow him to a clearing near a spring: he had invited them to sit on the grass and he served them a delicious cake and a little wine, improvising a little picnic in the shade of the trees. Then, he showed them a way to an inn where they spent a quiet night. The next day they arrived safely at the shrine and had acknowledged the great statue of the archangel, their companion. Back in her native Tuscany, Oring founded under the name Christine of the Croix an Augustinian convent, where she received numerous visits from the Archangel Michael: he encouraged her in her prayers, to banish demons who molested her, a delightful delicate aroma filled the room. Because of the humiliation she always refused to be prioress of the community and led a secluded life, completely abandoned in prayer, penance, and serving the poor. Two centuries later her body was found intact.
Twice the kings of France had experienced in a particular way, the great archangel’s protection. In 1226, King Luis VIII, father of the St Luis, leading the siege of La Rochelle, a large stone ramparts hit his head without harming him at all. The sovereign attributed his survival to St. Michael, to whom he was very dedicated, and he took that stone as a proof to the mountain shrine. Later in 1472, while he was at Alencon, the king Luis XI was hit by a stone which split from the battlement of a tower that two lovers leaned on. The stone was diverted and in its fall it slightly ripped a piece of the sovereign’s clothing, without harming him. Luis XI is convinced that St. Michael, the one who he particularly worshiped, acted in his defense. Grateful, he made a pilgrimage on foot to his mountain, to leave the stone and piece of clothing there. He also created the chivalric Order of Saint Michael.
During the Crusades, the warrior archangel gave a desperately needed help to Christian armies. First, (July 1099) he appeared on the walls of Jerusalem, to the Norman French troops, belonging to Godefroz Bouillon, who besieged the city and felt they were losing ground being discouraged by the combat violence and cruelty being that they had supported until then: the vision glorious ruler of the celestial armies encouraged them and they managed in a final effort to take Jerusalem from the Muslims. In 1145, the mysterious Archangel takes the appearance of a mysterious knight crusader warning them about a trap prepared by their enemies. Finally, in 1191, he appeared several times to the troops of Phillipe August and his Baron’s to guide them through very dangerous and narrow paths and lead them to victory against Saladin. These legendary stories are very popular. They emphasize how great the confidence in Michael was, the protector of Christians and France. Finally, during the agony of the Hundred Years War the archangel watched over France.
The Anglo-Saxon Benedictine Bonifacio (680-754) was in Germany very concerned to convert Saxony and Bavaria to Christianity, after having achieved a fruitful apostolate in Thuringia. In reward for his efforts, the pope consecrated him as bishop giving him a large territory and jurisdiction. Despite his success Bonifacio was sad, as in Bavaria there was a small rebel resistance to the spreading of the Gospel. A powerful tribe living on the sacred mountain formed a bloody cult to the god Wotan and apparently there was no way to solve this problem. Bonifacio then decided to dedicate the mountain to God, armed only with his cross, he climbed down into the sanctuary. Seeing him going peacefully and solitary, the pagans laughed at him. However when the monk began to climb the slope, the nature controlled by the evil forces started to rebel: Stones fell under his feet to make him fall, rocks began to collapse hitting him, and thorns grew in his way blocking the path. Faced with these miraculous evil events, Bonifacio called Michael to help him.
Soon the sky became strongly alighted and a fireball appeared in the clouds. In the heart of the brightness Bonifacio distinguished a young man dressed in an armor of fire with huge immaculate wings. A new celestial phenomenon occurred, a torch of fire and brimstone, which included everything as if it were made of embers, and would be lit from within, and there was another man who would have been equally as beautiful as the Archangel, if his face would not have expressed anger, grief and despair. Michael and Lucifer glanced at each other, then threw themselves one over the other. Bonifacio was not dreaming: the two seraphim, the highest princes of all spirits, good and evil battled. It was far from the fighting described by theologians. Both have nearly equal power, two high champions who were not afraid of anything. This time Lucifer doesn’t allow himself to be defeated easily; this mountain is one of his favorites and one of his last high places that he defends. If the archangel wants this mountain he will have to pay for it dearly. And Lucifer thrusted his fingers into his enemy brother’s white wings and pulled them to to hur thim. Remnants of his wings remained in his hands. Bonifacio sees a feather from them fall near him. God, what a miracle! There is nothing comparable in this world. This is not a feather this is a jewel that no jeweler would know how to forge.
Archangel ends it by defeating the adversary. Bonifacio will build on the heights of that place - later called Michaelsberg (Mount Michael), not far from Bamberg a home for monks where he kept his precious feather until the Reformation. Lutherans, enemies of any relics stole it and no one knows what happened to it. Since that time the tradition says the archangel Michael is seen on his birthday every year at the window of a hotel in Augsburg, Bamberg town’s rival, in order to punish the latter for failing to preserve the precious known relic: when the hotel bells ring the wretched souls can see the archangel fighting Lucifer in a swirl of silver feathers.
We often think that St. Michael leads his minions sometimes with a spirit of gentleness, and sometimes with severe punishment: excellent teacher, like all angels, he adapts to each temperament and acts accordingly. In his interventions with people, he is very demanding, sometimes quite severe: it comes from the fact that he defends God's glory more vigorously. If pious holiness is their primary interests, he turns it for his own purpose, for which he prays to God, which he always receives a generous response for his protégés. This severity, although real, is always coupled with a great patience and even deep finesse miracles which always makes its beneficiaries love his rigor that will lead them to ways of self improvement. If you read the writings that mystics evoke, he is the prince of angels or the great archangel. In the "Journal", Father Johann Baptist Reus St. Michael emphasizes how interested and cautious Michael proved to be regarding him, especially when he celebrated mesa: "Once we started walking towards the altar, St. Michael the Archangel stood by my left side and accompanied me. He remained with me throughout the celebration, right beneath the two rows of angels that rose to the throne of the Most Holy Trinity. "
Tadros, a Syrian legionnaire venerated in the Eastern Church, is one of the first Christians who confessed that they had met him. When he was a teenager, he had a vision of St. Michael who advised him to invoke him if he will have to deal with demons. Instead, he said that if you have to deal with evil men, He will not intervene in order not to question his vigilance, and that he was chosen because he was a man of honor. He and his cousin Akladios enlisted in the Romanian army, and they proved to be excellent recruits, even managing to impress the king Diocletian. But while the king hated Christians, Tadros openly proclaimed his faith by refusing to pray to other gods. Under these conditions, despite the friendship between them, the king refused to save him from the executioner that nailed him on a tree. While in agony, St. Michael appeared to him giving him three crowns: the chastity, love towards the cross and crown of purple designed martyrs. Tadros thanked for the opportunity to show to God he was able by itself to sacrifice in his name, without any outside help. Than the archangel retired respectfully leaving Jesus himself to come, embrace and lead the martyr in Paradise.
Almost in the same period (IV century), St. Michael spoke in the same manner to Adanub, a young Egyptian Nehesa. Even at age 12, he heard the community priest telling his believers to remain steadfast in their faith when persecuted. Later, the great archangel appeared to the child and told him if will remain faithful to Jesus, will be subjected to terrible atrocities, but in the end will receive the crown of martyrs. The teenager thanked divine messenger for this good news and offered himself to the archangel asking him to help him to never deny his faith!
Shortly after, the persecutions have doubled in intensity: the Roman governor began to organize raids on groups of Christians who were summoned to renounce their faith under threat of death. Adanub was taken along with eight thousand of his brothers in faith. Without ceasing, he encouraged, consoled, and served them until his turn came to be sacrificed. Lying on an easel, they cut his stomach and pulled out the intestines. Left to die, he was rescued by Archangel Michael because his mission had not ended. Adanub reached Itreb, another town on the Nile, where another Roman governor started another wave of persecution. And there, the young man supported his companions, helping them keep their faith intact. The Governor caught, beat and hung him from the ship mast. Suddenly, a blinding light covered the whole ship and the soldiers could see a being of fire which appeared in front of the martyr's bloody face, which broke him from the top making him disappear from their sight. Once again, the great archangel intervened. The soldiers were converted, and the angry governor executed them all.
Finally, Adanub arrived in Alexandria where he performed his apostolate together with his brothers. Here he completed his victorious race during the great persecution from Maximin Daia, whose famous victim was also Saint Catherine. After the terrible torture, heroically endured with courage, before he was beheaded and his head fall on the ground, he saw in front of him the Archangel Michael who offered him the winners laurel crown. Adanub is one of the most popular Christian saints of Egypt.
In 1624, in Sicily, the great archangel, came to the aid of a nurse who was quite distracted. Fra Francesco was a Franciscan friar, the nurse of Licata. One evening, he thought the standard pharmacy it's okay and being absorbed by the job, he failed to bring new medicines. Obviously, prayer is a holy occupation, but should not to affect the daily tasks, more so when on this task a sick brother depends on, who's had a crisis and urgently needed medication. It's 22 o'clock and there can be no question of leaving the monastery. Fra Francesco goes in the chapel along with the recipe of the sick brother and an empty glass, placing it on the altar of St. Michael.
"Holy Archangel, I can not now do anything, please you to do it in my place! I come back in half an hour and please let me find the solution prescribed by a doctor in the glass!"
When he returned to the chapel, he even found a remedy in a glass and very happy, he went to the patient which was cured immediately.
The first time next day, the physician and pharmacist, worried about the patient serious condition, came to know about especially as the night before, very late, a messenger of the priest which was on duty, awoke them first to make them sign an ordinance, and secondly to take from them the healing potion. The priest that was on duty did not understand anything of what they said especially as he had not sent someone to wake them so late. But the two men have pleaded
"He was dressed as a very rich gentleman, with white armor and a helmet adorned with a very beautiful feather. The sun shined on his chest. He wore a gown of gold brocade, and his scarf was a treasure in itself. He sparked all-around of precious stones arranged in perfect order on a belt, gloves, helmet and armor. Finally, the splendor blinded our sight so I could barely watch it and I was also touched by a sense of awe that I did not dare to ask him his name "
Impressed by this story, the priest repeated to the two guests that he is not aware of any of this. To understand something, the three have decided to also ask brother Francesco from the infirmary which being in charge of medical supervision, it was possible might know something about this. Shivering and the redness, poor brother began to stutter and ended by admitting in front of others happy the way he got out from the situation in which he was. Father guardian and two guests, disturbed, did not know what to marvel first, the naive faith of the young monk or the miracle performed of the archangel.
The case quickly disclosed, had a big rebound. Since that day, the faithful came in large numbers to the monastery, where Brother Francesco distributed them pieces of cotton wool soaked in the oil that is on the altar of the Archangel Michael. Worn by patients, the pieces of cotton wool soaked in oil, produced healing miracles on those who receive them with humility and faith, prompting an extraordinary renewal in the devotion to the great archangel.
Ten years later, we find it again with the writer Maria dÁgreda. We have already seen how, to enable him to safely write the book "mystical City of God", Jesus placed her under the protection of two seraphim who kept away the demons who tried to disrupt pious works.
However, she did not manage to formulate her thoughts and to express her visions. She complained of this, to her guardian angel and to Archangel Michael. The Archangel encouraged her, assuring her that "the world that was lost through Adam's disobedience and rehabilitated by the obedience of the Son must be saved by our own acts of obedience to the divine will."
To help, her he revealed some secrets from the life of the Savior and of the Virgin, which allowed her to complete, in 1637, the third volume of her book. When she began to write again Archangel appeared to dissipate her last scruples, "urging her to live a perfect life and to destroy from it the last remnants of the old Adam." Consoled entirely, she could unreservedly dedicate to her work and to govern the monastery she ruled as a Superior nun.
However, she had to burn her manuscript in 1654, following the orders of her unenlightened confessor. When, a year later, her next confessor asks her to rewrite the opera, she is ready to lose courage and shows more reluctance. Again, Saint Michael, full of kindness, helps her to re-engage in this work, assuring her that in love, no time is lost. He assigned for her another angel to support her work, which was one of the thousands of angels who assisted the Virgin Mary with her work down here, and wears on its breast a monogram of the Mother of God. There still is with the connectionists in dÁgreda a little card in quarto, which includes all questions that the venerable mother asked the angels and all the answers they gave her to enlighten her intelligence."
A year before his death, Father Paul de La Croix (1694-1776), founder of the Passion order, meets for the first time his spiritual daughter Rosa Calabresi, who came to Rome during the Jubilee of 1775. A deep friendship starts between the old priest, who was at that time more than 80 years and 30 years old peasant girl who starts to visit him as often as possible to benefit from his teachings and to cheer up a little the solitude in he often lived, as his followers were caught with their ministry work. It is happening so that during their spiritual colloquia, she became a witness of extraordinary deeds, whose memory she kept with faith and which she confessed a few years later, in the canonization process of the holy founder. Thus, she has seen him many times in ecstasy, face shining, and twice even being lifted off the ground. Even more, she was allowed to share the visions and apparitions with which he was favored: than she prostrated with him, watching and listening. One day, she saw another angel and archangel Michael, who appeared visibly to her too, supported him during an ecstasy when he did not control the physical body very well: they had placed him gently on a chair and then disappeared without saying a word. Another time, she saw him talking to two angels, so bright that she could not watch them very well. The priest asks one of them to take his soul and his religious family under his protection, and this angel in which Rosa Calabresi recognized the Saint Michael replied that he would continue to do so, as before then:
"I saw very well that there were two angels, but one of them had a majestic air and was dressed like a fighter, as it is and painting. He was a beauty so bright that only inspires reverence and fervor. Therefore I thought he was St. Michael. However, in order to protect my thoughts from my imagination, I asked the venerable servant of God about this view, and he confirmed that I was right, and at the same time he imposed me a strict silence. "
Obedient, Rosa said nothing until the day she had to reveal the events she had witnessed.
Article translated by Mirela Leonte from www.angelinspir.ro