33 Facts About Saint Michael


The fact that Saint Michael is introduced in both works without explanation implies that readers already knew him and the other named angels, which in turn implies that they are earlier than the late 3rd century BC, but although their origins remain a matter for speculation there is no evidence that they are older than the Hellenistic period.

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Saint Michael is mentioned by name for the second time in the Epistle of Jude, a passionate plea for believers in Christ to do battle against heresy.

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Saint Michael is called Mika'il in Muslim works generally, but in the one instance in which he is mentioned in the Quran he is called Mikal.

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Rabbis declare that Saint Michael entered into his role of defender at the time of the biblical patriarchs.

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Saint Michael saved Jacob, while yet in his mother's womb, from being killed by Samael.

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Midrash Exodus Rabbah holds that Saint Michael exercised his function of advocate of Israel at the time of the Exodus.

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Accordingly, after Satan fell, Saint Michael was appointed to the function Satan served when he was still one of the noble angels.

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Saint Michael was called "Archangel" because he heralds other angels, the title ???a??e??? being used of him in Jude 1:9.

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Saint Michael is generally referred to in Christian litanies as "Saint Michael", as in the Litany of the Saints.

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Saint Michael is viewed as the angelic model for the virtues of the spiritual warrior, with the conflict against evil at times viewed as the battle within.

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Saint Michael was revered by the military orders of knights during the Middle Ages.

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Archangel Saint Michael is mentioned in a number of Eastern Orthodox hymns and prayer, and his icons are widely used within Eastern Orthodox churches.

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Saint Michael is the one who presents to God the prayers of the just, who accompanies the souls of the dead to heaven, who defeats the devil.

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Saint Michael is celebrated liturgically on the 12th of each Coptic month.

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Jehovah's Witnesses believe Saint Michael to be another name for Jesus in heaven, in his pre-human and post-resurrection existence.

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Saint Michael is one of the four archangels along with Jebreel, ?Israfil and ?Azra?il.

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Saint Michael is said to be friendly, asking God for mercy toward humans and is, according to Muslim legends, one of the first to obey God's orders to bow before Adam.

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Saint Michael is responsible for the rewards doled out to good persons in this life.

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Archangel Saint Michael seems to have never been mentioned publicly by Baha'u'llah, 'Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, or even the Universal House of Justice.

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In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with Saint George, became the patron saint of chivalry and is considered the patron saint of police officers, paramedics and the military.

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Since the victorious Battle of Lechfeld against the Hungarians in 955, Michael was the patron saint of the Holy Roman Empire and still is the patron saint of modern Germany and other German-speaking regions formerly covered by the realm.

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Saint Michael has been the patron saint of Brussels since the Middle Ages.

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In Linlithgow, Scotland, St Michael has been the patron saint of the town since the 13th century, with St Michael's Parish Church being originally constructed in 1134.

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Since the 14th century, Saint Michael has been the patron saint of Dumfries in Scotland, where a church dedicated to him was built at the southern end of the town, on a mound overlooking the River Nith.

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The Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel, known as the Michaelite Fathers, is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church founded in 1897.

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Saint Michael was active in the time of Esther: "The more Haman accused Israel on earth, the more Saint Michael defended Israel in heaven".

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Portuguese Carmelite nun, Antonia d'Astonaco, reported an apparition and private revelation of the Archangel Saint Michael who had told to this devoted Servant of God, in 1751, that he would like to be honored, and God glorified, by the praying of nine special invocations.

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At Garabandal, the apparitions of the Archangel Saint Michael were mainly reported as announcing the arrivals of the Virgin Mary.

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In japanese light novel series Date a Live, Saint Michael is the name of a spiritual weapon, belonging to Mukuro Hoshimiya.

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Saint Michael is a sword-sized key capable of locking away abilities or properties of objects, as well as opening portals and molecular deconstruction.

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In many depictions, Saint Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield.

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In Byzantine art, Saint Michael was often shown as a princely court dignitary rather than a warrior who battled Satan or with scales for weighing souls on the Day of Judgement.

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Bronze statue of Archangel Saint Michael, standing on top of the Castel Sant'Angelo, modelled in 1753 by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt.

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