saint michael

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Okay just one more! Michael and Gabriel tend to hog the spotlight. Raphael is neat, too, though, healing and fishing and befriending children or something (honestly it’s not clear to me).  And  Uriel, who is also in scripture and sometimes included with the others but for some reason was kicked out of the club by an 8th century Pope, is the light and fire of God and that’s pretty awesome.  Here are some incredibly English images of the four.

(via IconArt - specialist in stained glass publications)

Why did Satan rebel?

Thus Satan expressed himself during and exorcism: 

I rebelled because I wasn’t Him. I wanted to be like Him. I had many powers and thus I believed I could be equal to Him. Not a step underneath; why underneath Him? I wanted to be Him. Many followed me because I had promised them everything, everything, everything. I had promised that I would have been like God. I had many powers, many and even them believed that I could be like God.
I was the greatest and the most beautiful, I was even more beautiful than Michael
”.

The exorcist […] said: “In the name of Jesus: what was your name before the rebellion?”. The answer was: ”Lucifer”.

The exorcist asked what that name meant, and with much surprise, rather that ‘bearer of light’, he heard a much more striking answer: “Angel. Angel far above all angels, angel for excellence.

- Gli Angeli Ribelli (”The Rebel Angels”), by Fr. Francesco Bamonte, exorcist.

Saint Michael

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen