September 6th, Miracle at Chonae,
Troparion (Tone 4)
November 8th, Synaxis of the Holy Archangels Michael & Gabriel & all the Bodiless Powers,
Troparion (Tone 1)
To the angel who had redeemed me from all evil. (Geneses 48:16)
God created the angels to serve Him, and also to serve the human beings who were created in His Image, and according to His Likeness. "He Makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire." (Hebrews 1:7)
The word "Michael" is a Hebrew word which means "who is like God." It seems that all angels were created holy, but after a period of probation some fell from their state of innocence, due to a deliberate self-determined rebellion against God. We do not know the time of their fall, but it is clear that it occurred before the fall of man, for Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden.
"And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought. But they did not prevail, nor was a place for them in heaven any longer." (Revelation 12:7-8) Scripture also shows that good angels will continue in the service of God in the future age, while evil angels will have their part in the lake of fire. (Matt. 25:41)
Another encounter happened between the Archangel Michael, and the devil. "Yet, Michael the Archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 1:9)
Therefore, since God gave the Archangel Michael the responsibility to defeat Satan and his evil angels, Michael ought to be present during the resurrection of the Lord, the event that crushed Satan and completed Michael's work. He had to announce the victory of the Lord over the evil powers, and his own joy to see the Devil bound by the blood of Jesus who was rising victoriously from the tomb. In other words, Michael's mission was a temporary one, until the cross of Jesus crushed Satan completely.
"And behold there was a great earthquake for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen." (Matt. 28:1-6)
Taken from St. Anthony's Website.
"Archangel Michael is the man, or the angel, I should say. He is my patron saint, which already makes him important to me. But the fact that he was given the responsibility to crush 'satan and his evil angels,' inspires me. I want to crush him the same way Michael did; Satan's goal is to push us as far away as he can from God. We all can crush satan by just following the teachings of Christ."
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St. George Houston, TX
To Michael the leader among all the heavenly hosts.
To the Archangel who fought Satan and his followers until there was no place for them in heaven an longer.
To the holy Angel who rolled the stone away from the tomb, and announced the resurrection.
To the faithful intercessor who prays on our behalf day and night, remember us in front of the throne of God.