St Michael the great Prince
Our founder, Blessed Fr Bronisław Markiewicz wrote, “After the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael is the greatest benefactor of humanity and he is a guide for the erring, consolation and comfort for the fallen, protector for distressed souls, a brave slayer of hellish spirits and corrupters on earth. He is the guardian and friend of people coming down from this world and even after leaving this earth.”
After the victorious test, St Michael obtained a greater grace than before: he shone with an unexpected spiritual radiance, becoming the most beautiful, the most powerful and preeminent among all the angelic hosts.
The holiness of St Michael during the battle with proud Lucifer was unsurpassed and remains unsurpassed. Only the Queen of the Angels, the Blessed Virgin Mary alone surpasses him in holiness. These are very important, - the most beautiful, most powerful, and second only to the Mother of God. He has the second place in heaven. He is the commander of the angels. Our Lady is his queen and queen of all the angels.
Who is the Archangel Michael? Although he is a mysterious being, we can find some details of his character by the titles he is given in the litany: Filled with the wisdom of God; Most Powerful Prince of the armies of the Lord; Standard bearer of the Most Holy Trinity; Light of Angels; Splendour and Fortress of the Church Militant; Honour and Joy of the Church Triumphant.
We then discover his role as an intercessor: Bulwark of orthodox believers; Strength of those who fight under the banner of the Cross; Light and confidence of souls at the hour of death; Our most sure aid; Our Prince and Our Advocate. Such are the functions St Michael has and fulfils with great power.
I assure you of the constant daily prayers of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all our readers and their families.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA