Michael Guardian Angel Statue
Michael is shown here holding the head of a mighty dragon.
10.75 inches high (27.3cm)
general, and archangels in particular, have specific roles within Roman Catholic
teachings. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (334–335) states that:
"The whole life of the church benefits from the mysterious and powerful
help of the angels.... From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded
by their watchful care and intercession."
Only Michael is called an archangel in the Bible.
The feast of these angels is celebrated on September 29. Within the hierarchy of
the angels, at the highest level, St. Michael is a princely seraph. The word
archangel comes from the Greek words arche (prince) and angelos (messenger).
In Roman Catholicism Saint Michael has four distinct roles. First, he is the
supreme enemy of Satan and the fallen angels. He vanquished Satan and ejected
him from Paradise and will achieve victory at the hour of the final battle with
Satan. Secondly, he is the Christian angel of death: at the hour of death, Saint
Michael descends and gives each soul the chance to redeem itself before passing,
thus consternating the devil and his minions. Saint Michael's third role is
weighing souls in his perfectly balanced scales (hence the saint is often
depicted holding scales) on Judgment Day. And finally, Saint Michael is the
Guardian of the Church.
In the Catholic tradition, Saint Michael symbolizes the victory of good over
evil, and he has been widely represented in Catholic art through the ages.
Devotions to Saint Michael have a large Catholic following, and a large number
of churches are dedicated to him worldwide.
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