Orthodox Remembrance Day: 8 November

Remembrance Day Catholic: 29. September

Name means: Who is like God? (Hebrew)


Attributes: Angel with (flaming) sword, with helmet, piercing the dragon as a knight, staff, scales

Patron: the Catholic Church and the Vatican Gendarmerie; the Germans, soldiers, paratroopers, merchants, bakers, pharmacists, paramedics, tailors, glaziers, painters, gilders, bank employees and radio mechanics; the poor souls, the dying and the cemeteries; for a good death; against lightning and storms

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


According to tradition, Michael was the angel with the sword that drove Adam and Eve out of paradise and guarded the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:23-24) and who gave Seth a branch from the Tree of Knowledge.  He is, when it matters and God wills it, the supreme warlord of all angels, the “standard bearer of Christ,” as the legend Aurea writes. In the face of constant unrest in the world, he also has the most to do to ensure peace and quiet. As a precaution, God has given him the keys to heaven. But his patronages do not end there: as in the Old Covenant advocates of Israel, so in the New of all Christendom. Michael is the angel of judgment, but at the same time of justice. He guides the souls of the deceased and weighs them on the soul scale; Michael (like Saint George) fights down the dragon, the epitome of barbarism and paganism. The range of his patronages can be measured if he can also act as stable master of the holy horse shepherds Flor and Lavr. The worship of Michael can be traced back to the 4th century in Asia Minor (Phrygia), where it was concentrated in the town of Chonae.


a.o: Joachim Schäfer: Artikel Michael, aus dem Ökumenischen Heiligenlexikon –

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