Saturday, December 28, 2013

"St. Michael," © 1970 Norval Morrisseau

* This painting was originally published on March 4th, 2008-

"St. Michael, © 1970 Norval Morrisseau
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St. Michael, the Archangel

The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes," and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles.

Although he is always called "the Archangel," the Greek Fathers and many others place him over all the angels - as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness.

Feast: September 29 ("Michaelmas"); May 8; many other local and historical feasts;

Attributes: Archangel; Treading on Satan or a serpent; carrying a banner, scales, and sword;

Patronage: Paratroopers; Police officers; Mariners; Grocers; the sick; Paramedics; the German people; the Archdiocese of Toronto; The Cherubim and Seraphim Church Worldwide; the Unification Council of Cherubim and Seraphim Army of Salvation (UCCAS); guardian or protector of the Jewish people.

Source:; 'Wikipedia', the free encyclopedia

* The painting in this post: "St. Michael", © 1970 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

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