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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC
"I dwell with the crushed and the dejected“ (Is 57:15)

- Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month


Saint Michael, the Archangel

Feast Day - September 29

St Michael's feast is celebrated on September 29.

St. Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels, one of the principal angelic warriors and is honored for defeating Lucifer. He is traditionally known as the commander-in-chief of the heavenly host, a strong warrior and a presence who presides from on high.

In Hebrew, Michael means, "who is like God" (Mi - Who, Ke - like, El - God) which was the war cry of the good angels, in the battle fought in heaven against Lucifer and his followers.

In the Old Testament, we find him in the Book of Daniel in chapters 10 and 12, where he is referred to as “the great prince, the protector of your people” (Dn. 12:1) In the Revelation to John, the last book of the New Testament, Michael figures prominently in the great war in heaven: “And war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels fought against the dragon.” (Rev. 12:7) He is referred to in the Epistle of St Jude, "When Michael the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses”.

St. Michael represents divine strength and courage in the face of evil. He is usually depicted in art carrying a sword and/or shield, battling Satan. He is sometimes portrayed holding a pair of scales to weigh the souls of the dead or the book of life, to show he takes part in the final judgment.

Another role which was assigned to St. Michael is that of physician or healer.

He is the patron of the sick, a champion for those who are weak, a defender of the oppressed and the righteous.

St. Michael is the patron saint of chivalry - the military, knights, policemen, soldiers and of paramedics, radiologists, grocers, ambulance drivers and also in those danger at sea, the ill, and of a holy death.

Michaelmas is still marked in several parts of the West.

Prayer to St. Michael

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor,

You who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence, and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully, every day.

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