In Australia, National Police Remembrance
Day is commemorated on 29 September each
year, being the feast day of St Michael
In ancient Chairotopa
near Colossae, tradition has it that St.
Michael caused a medicinal spring to spout.
All the sick who bathed there, and invoked
the names of the Trinity and of St.
Michael, were cured.
At Constantinople St. Michael was the
"great heavenly physician." The Michaelion,
at Sosthenion, some fifty miles south of
Constantinople, was his principal sanctuary
where the sick would sleep and wait for an
apparition of the saint.
The Christians of Egypt placed their
life-giving river, the Nile, under the
protection of St. Michael. They keep, as a
holiday of obligation, the feast of St.
Michael for the rising of the Nile.
In Germany, after its Christian
evangelization, St. Michael replaced the
pagan god Wotan, to whom many mountains
were sacred, hence the numerous mountain
chapels of St. Michael all over
In Greek folklore, Michael assumed Hermes'
role as the psychopomp who leads souls to
Hades, and in the role of weigher of souls
on Judgment Day.
In Normandy St. Michael is the patron of
mariners in his famous sanctuary at
Mont-Saint-Michel in the Diocese of
Russians in particular
have a special veneration to Michael, along
with the Theotokos. (Translated means
"God-Bearer" and "the one who gives birth
It is said that
Intercession for Russian cities by the Most
Holy Queen of Heaven always involved Her
appearances with the Heavenly Hosts, under
the leadership of the Archangel
Grateful Russians acclaimed the Most Pure
Mother of God and the Archangel Michael in
In Russia there was not a city where there
was not a monastery, cathedral, church, or
chapel dedicated to the Archangel
In the United Kingdom and Ireland,
Michaelmas has delineated time and seasons
for secular purposes.
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"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the
earth. Unseen, both when we wake and when we
"Come to the edge, he said. They said: we
are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed
them and they flew."
"For he shall give his Angels charge over
thee to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up
in their hands, least thou dash thy foot against a
"A real friend
is like an Angel who warns you by her presence and
remembers you in her prayers."