About Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the scriptures, the others being Raphael, and Gabriel. Saint Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New. The first reference occurs in the Book of Daniel (chapter X) where St. Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things.
In Daniel xii, Michael
is called "the great prince who standeth
for the children of Thy people." In these references Michael
is represented as Israel's great support during the seventy years
of the Babylonian captivity. Daniel, wise and holy leader
that he was, wanted his people to understand that God had not forgotten
them, and that, even though enslaved, they had a royal champion. In
the New Testament (Jude IX), we are told that Michael disputed with
the devil over the body of Moses; this episode is not mentioned elsewhere
in the Bible.
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