The second last day of September, the 29th, is the feast of St Michael the Archangel. But who is this Prince of all the Angels?
If we glance through the Old Testament we notice that the Jews already considered Michael by this title, their powerful Protector as well as the symbol of the mighty divine help for them as the chosen people of the Old Covenant. His triple mention in the Old Testament, especially in the book of Daniel (Dan 10: 13.21; 12:1) clearly suggests his staunch defence of the Jewish people and the head of the entire heavenly army. St Michael stands for the defence of both the weak and persecuted. The book of Daniel tells us of him: At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book (Dan 12:1).
His name is Michael, “Mi-ka-El” in Hebrew means “Who is like to God!” We call St Michael Archangel as we likewise call Gabriel, whose name means “God’s strength” and Raphael, which means “God heals”. The New Testament rightly portrays St Michael as the adversary of the devil as well as the victor of the last battle against Satan and his followers.