St. Michael the Archangel Biography
“When God created the angels, those beautiful spirits of light and love which surround His heavenly throne in great numbers, He gave them wonderful gifts of holiness, beauty and wisdom. God wanted to test them in their love for Him before they were to see Him face to face in the glory of heaven.
One of the greatest of the angels was Lucifer, whose name means “bearer of light.” He was proud of his power and raised his battle cry of disobedience: “I will not serve God!”
But another great archangel set up his battle cry of love and obedience: “Michael – Who is like God?” In a great battle the good angels cast the bad angels into hell. In reward for his love and obedience, God made Archangel Michael prince of all the heavenly armies.
From the beginning of time, St. Michael was the leader of God’s chosen people. In the New Testament he is the guardian angel and the protector of the Catholic Church.”
— Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. Picture Book of Saints. New York: Catholic Book Publishing Company, 1979.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who dwell upon the earth for the ruin of souls. Amen.