Patron Saint
Saint Michael The Archangel
Defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray: and do thou, prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust down to hell Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen --Pope Leo XIII
Facts
Saint Michael
  • Feast Day September 29
  • Patron saint of Brussels, the sick, those in battle, those tempted or at sea.
  • Old Testament References:
          Daniel 10:13
          Daniel 12:1
  • New Testament Reference:
          Revelation 12:7
  • Saint Michael is one of only three angels to be venerated (the other two are Gabriel and Raphael).
  • Michael was thought to have appeared during a plague in Rome, gathering the souls of those who had died. This may the origin of the spiritual song "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" and may be the reason he is the patron saint of death or of those in danger of dying.
  • He is also known as a warrior saint, who protected soldiers and provided victory over the forces of evil. He was often invoked by military leaders as a sign of having God on their side.
  • In art, he is usually shown with a sword, battling or standing in victory over a dragon, snake or Satan.