Splendid icon of Saint Michael, the Archangel of the Apocalypse, done in 2016 by Russian iconographer Vadim Lakomsky.
The question was asked, “Did the Archangel Michael get anything for his loyalty to God?” The brief answer is a resounding yes! Saint Michael was appointed head of the heavenly hosts – a post previously held by Lucifer – even though the former was a lowly archangel, in comparison to the latter who had been a seraphim. Michael earned eternity in heaven with the Most Holy Trinity, the privilege of guarding the universal Church and the People of God, among other things; and the privilege of chaining Satan forever.
The service of Saint Michael the Archangel is the suppression of the enemies of God’s truth (Abba Moses).
The WordPress 2015 annual report for this site:
Here’s an excerpt:
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Picture of the outdoor statue of Saint Michael the Archangel at his house, the Santuario San Michele Arcangelo a Monte Sant’Angelo, Foggia, Italy where there is his “celestial basilica” consecrated directly by the archangel himself.
(Credit: Taken by “Tango7174” on Wikimedia Commons).
The question was also repeatedly asked, “Who’s older? Michael or Lucifer?” The short answer is neither because being angels, hence preternatural in nature, they are both timeless. However, Lucifer was the first angel to be created by God.
The question was also asked, “Did Saint Michael and Lucifer communicate?” Of course they did. First, prior to the beginning of time and Lucifer’s downfall through pride, they lived together in heaven. Second, they fought in the famous battle narrated in Scripture (Rv 12:7-9). Third, they communicated again when Satan attempted to steal the body of Moses (Jude 1:9). Fourth, they will directly fight again when Michael chains Satan for the era of peace to ensue (Rv 20:2). Fifth, they communicate every time Michael fights Satan to defend the People of God.
More about the relationship between Michael and Lucifer (now Satan) can be found here.
The question was repeatedly asked, “What is the function of Archangel Michael?” In other words, what’s his job? Below is a brief summary of what the Warrior-Prince of the heavenly host does. More can be found in the side links on this site
Archangel Michael has six roles, or offices, in our lives:
Reblogged due to the ceaseless number of questions coming in about whether Michael will win over Satan, or whether Satan is more powerful than Michael.
The question was asked, “What if Satan defeats Michael?” The answer is that Satan can never defeat the Archangel Michael, as he did not defeat Michael the first time around, because the Michael has the full power of God behind him, whereas Satan does not. Saint Michael is the prince of the heavenly hosts while Satan is the devil.
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The question was asked, “Who is older: Lucifer or Michael?” The answer is that neither Saint Michael the Archangel nor Satan (formerly Lucifer) are “older” than each other, because both of them were created by God the Father before time as we know it existed. However, Lucifer was the first angel to be created.
Since this question keeps being repeatedly asked, here is the response reblogged.
A serious paucity of accessible and reliable literature exists, in a single place, on The Warrior-Prince, Saint Michael the Archangel. Written simply, with icons and a fairly comprehensive bibliography included, derived from both Judeo-Christian scholarship and tradition, this small book is intended to fill that need in relation to the great, humble, but ever-powerful warrior and guardian of the universal Church. The book is particularly suitable for those who do not know the Archangel Michael or who desire to know more about him. According to the Greek Fathers, the Archangel Michael is the prince of the Seraphim and the defender of the Faith.
The Mozarabic Breviary establishes Michael’s place in heaven above that of the 24 elders mentioned in Sacred Scripture. In the Greek liturgy, Michael is called the Archistrategos– the Arch-General; Generalissimo. Archangel Michael is also one of the seven angels who serve directly in front of the throne of God the Almighty Father. The main feast day of the Archangel Michael in the Catholic Church is on the 29th September, the Feast of the Archangels. Michael’s feast day in the Orthodox Church is on 8th November, the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels.
The Warrior Prince: Saint Michael the Archangel is available in paperback edition from Amazon and other major booksellers.