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« on: May 08, 2014, 03:36:11 AM »

In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled to the mountain, where it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. Faced with this mysterious occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.

Accompanied by his clergy and people, the pontiff went to that cavern, which he found already disposed in the form of a church. The divine mysteries were celebrated there, and there arose in this same place a magnificent temple where the divine Power has wrought great miracles. To thank God’s adorable goodness for the protection of the holy Archangel, the effect of His merciful Providence, this feast day was instituted by the Church in his honor.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 04:05:47 AM »

The Chaplet of St. Michael is a wonderful way to honor this great Archangel along with the other nine Choirs of Angels. What do we mean by Choirs? It seems that God has created various orders of Angels. Sacred Scripture distinguishes nine such groupings: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Isa. 6:2; Gen. 3:24; Col. 1:16; Eph. 1:21; Rom. 8:38). There may be more groupings but these are the only ones that have been revealed to us. The Seraphim is believed to be the highest Choir, the most intimately united to God, while the Angelic Choir is the lowest.

The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d'Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.

The Chaplet of St. Michael


O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.

[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
Amen.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.
Amen.

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
Amen.

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
Amen.

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
Amen.

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.
Amen.

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.
Amen.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.

Concluding prayers:

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.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of
Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.
 

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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2019, 08:19:12 PM »

Pope Boniface IV dedicated Saint Michael's Church in Rome on September 29, 610.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2020, 10:54:48 AM »

Michael is mentioned three times in the Old Testament, all in the Book of Daniel.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2020, 04:02:55 PM »

Saint Michael the Archangel is mentioned once in the New Testament in the Revelation of Jesus Christ chapter 12
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7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, who fought back with his angels;
8but the dragon was defeated, and he and his angels were not allowed to stay in heaven any longer.
9 The huge dragon was thrown out—that ancient serpent, named the Devil, or Satan, that deceived the whole world. He was thrown down to earth, and all his angels with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now God's salvation has come! Now God has shown his power as King! Now his Messiah has shown his authority! For the one who stood before our God and accused believers day and night has been thrown out of heaven.
11They won the victory over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the truth which they proclaimed; and they were willing to give up their lives and die.
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7And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels:
8And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.
 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.
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7]Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back,
8 but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
9 The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.e
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
11 They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
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CRUX SANCTI PATRIS BENEDICTI
CRUX SACRA SIT MIHI LUX!
NON DRACO SIT MIHI DUX!
VADE RETRO SATANA!
NUMQUAM SUADE MIHI VANA!
SUNT MALA QUAE LIBAS
IPSE VENENA BIBAS!
All Glory Be To God!
All Praise Be To God!
For God Is Greater Than All Things!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 05:43:51 PM »

St. Michael the Archangel's Feastday is September 29. How is Michael a saint when when he is an angel?
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2021, 06:13:45 PM »

St. Michael the Archangel's Feastday is September 29. How is Michael a saint when when he is an angel?
To be a Saint means to be "holy" there are angels who have fallen, they are thus not saints but demons but all the angels who chose to remain with God were made Saints and through their decision to remain faithful to God were confirmed in holiness and blessedness.
Saint Bonaventure teaches thus on the Confirmation of the Good Angels
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Chapter 8 - On the Confirmation of the Good Angels

1. Concerning the confirmation of the good angels, the following must be held. As the angels who turned away from God were at once fixed in their impenitence, so those who turned toward Him were at once confirmed in their choice through grace and glory; fully enlightened in their intellect through the knowledge of dawn and dusk; fully strengthened in their faculties of command and execution; and fully ordered in their activities of contemplation and service. And this, on all three levels of the hierarchy: the higher, the intermediate, and the lower. The higher level comprises the Thrones, Cherubim, and Seraphim; the intermediate, the Dominions, Virtues, and Powers; the lower, the Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. Many of the latter group are sent for service, appointed to assist and support men by cleansing, illuminating, and perfecting them as God commands.

2. This should be understood as follows. Because of their express likeness, and of their proximity to the first and supreme Principle, the angels were endowed with a deiform intellect and a will that was irrevocably set after the choice had been made. When they turned to the supreme Good with the help of grace, they were both confirmed and perfected in glory, since now they inclined wholly to God. In WILL they became stable and happy, and in INTELLECT clear-sighted, so that they now understood everything, not only in itself, but also in the creating Art. Thus, they had a knowledge of dusk, and more - a knowledge of dawn, and even more - a knowledge of full daylight, through the fullness and absolute purity of that light in comparison to which every created thing may properly be called darkness.

In their FACULTIES OF COMMAND AND EXECUTION they were fully strengthened, whether or not they used an assumed body. In their ACTIVITIES they became so perfectly ordered that they could no longer lose this ordination either in ascending to see God, or in descending to serve man. Indeed, since they see God face to face, they move in God wherever they are sent.

3. They indeed move and are moved within a hierarchical orderxc which nature instilled within them and glory brought to full maturity. Glory, by stabilizing free will in the right choice, sharpened their reason, ordered their ministry, and braced their power in the four operations described above.
In the contemplation of God, sharpness of reason serves primarily to worship His majesty, to understand His truth, and to desire His goodness. Accordingly, there are three orders in the first hierarchy, for worship pertains to the Thrones, wisdom to the Cherubim, and benevolence to the Seraphim.
Perfect capacity for action implies the power to command, execute, and implement; the first pertains to the Dominions, the second to the Virtues, and the third to the Powers, whose function it is to repel adverse forces.
Perfect ministry implies the acts of ruling, revealing, and supporting; the first pertains to the Principalities, the second to the Archangels, and the third to the Angels, for they keep guard lest those who are standing fall, and go to the aid of those who have fallen to help them rise.
It is thus evident that all these attributes exist in pure spirits in varying degrees, gradually descending from the highest rank to the lowest; each rank being fittingly named after that which "it has specially received as its charge."
Furthermore, it is the teaching of Christ that in the Resurrection men would be made equals with angels. Given that angels can be Saints then men through the grace of God can be Saints in a similar manner to the sainthood of angels.
In sum: to be a Saint is to be holy so when you say Saint Michael the Archangel, that is the same as saying Holy Michael the Archangel
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PAX
CRUX SANCTI PATRIS BENEDICTI
CRUX SACRA SIT MIHI LUX!
NON DRACO SIT MIHI DUX!
VADE RETRO SATANA!
NUMQUAM SUADE MIHI VANA!
SUNT MALA QUAE LIBAS
IPSE VENENA BIBAS!
All Glory Be To God!
All Praise Be To God!
For God Is Greater Than All Things!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!
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