Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all express
devotion to Archangel Michael. (There are writings
about him in all three religions).
Catholic and Orthodox Christians often
refer to the Angel Michael as "Saint
Michael", an honorific title that does not
Roman Catholics refer to him as Saint
Michael the Archangel and also simply as
Early Christians gave the care of their
sick to St. Michael.
Michael is the Christian Angel of Death,
carrying the souls of all the deceased to
heaven, where they are weighed in his
perfectly balanced scales.
In late medieval Christianity, Michael,
together with St George, became the patron
saint of chivalry, and of the first
chivalric order of France, the Order of
Saint Michael of 1469. (There is a
remarkable similarity between St. Michael
and St. George. The main difference being
St. George is earthly while St. Michael is
(also the Feast of Michael and All
Angels) is a day in the Christian
calendar which occurs on 29 September.
Because it falls near the Autumnal
Equinox, it is associated with the
beginning of autumn and the shortening
Under the influence of the widely-read
Angelology of the Pseudo-Dionysius the
Areopagite, church fathers spent much time
allotting Michael a rank in the celestial
hierarchy and placed Michael over all the
Angels; they say he is called "archangel"
because he is the prince of the other
Latter-day Saint theology believe Michael
lived this mortal life as the patriarch
Adam. Michael and Adam are regarded as the
same individual; Adam being his mortal name
and Michael being his
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus and
the Archangel Michael are the same being.
They believe that Jesus/Michael was the
first being created by Jehovah and through
whom he made the universe, the Angels and
Michael is considered the guardian Angel of
Israel. His name translated in Hebrew means
"Who is like God."
After a period of fasting, the prophet
Daniel experienced a vision in which an
Angel identifies Michael as the protector
Much of the late Midrashic detail about
Michael was transferred, through the Book
of Enoch, to Christianity where it was
adopted and further elaborated.
According to rabbinic Jewish tradition,
Michael acted as the advocate of Israel,
and sometimes had to fight with the princes
of the other nations including the Angel
Samael, Israel's accuser.
Legend makes Michael the teacher of Moses;
so that the Israelites are indebted to
their advocate for the supreme good of the
There is a legend, possibly of Jewish
origin, that Michael was first sent by God
to bring Nebuchadnezzar against Jerusalem.
Afterward, Michael was very active in
freeing his nation from
According to the Zohar, Michael accompanies
the souls of the pious and helps them to
enter the gates of the heavenly
Michael is designated in the Book of Enoch,
as "the prince of Israel."
St. Michael was the champion of the Jewish
people, giving victory in war to his
In Arabic literature, Michael is called
In the Qur'an, Michael is one of the four
archangels (with Izrail, Israfil and
Jibrail), and one of the two Angels named
in Qur'an. (The other was Gabriel).
In Islamic tradition, Michael always
appears as second to Gabriel. This is
because when God was creating Adam, He sent
Gabriel first to fetch the clay from which
man was formed from, and then also sent
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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."