Who Is Archangel Michael and Why It’s Important to Know Him?

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As you begin your journey of tapping into your spiritual energy, one of the first beings you should know about is Archangel Michael.

In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about Archangel Michael — who is he, what he does, what happens when you pray to him, and more. We’ll also dive into how you can pray to him and notable prayers addressed to him.

Who is Archangel Michael?

In terms of angels, Archangel Michael has become one of the most known figures. People would also refer to him as Saint Michael, Guardian Michael, Michael the Protector, and more. If not countless, there are too many times Michael has been mentioned in different religious books. 

Of the Seven Archangels according to the Bible, Archangel Michael is the first. And as the first, he corresponds to the first day of the week, (Sunday). 

The other Archangels are as follows:

  • Gabriel (Monday)
  • Raphael (Tuesday)
  • Uriel (Wednesday)
  • Remiel (Thursday)
  • Raguel (Friday)
  • Zerachiel (Saturday)

What does Archangel Michael do?

Michael is a protector — and that’s what his life is all about. To honor him as a protector, many people designed necklaces aimed to make people feel safe.

For example, take this silver “Saint Michael Protect Us” necklace. Those who wear it with them at all times feel protected at all times, too.

Messages of Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael delivers truth and justice — he was assigned that role. 

And in various situations, the Archangel Michael can communicate directly and in delegation with another Angel. In short, he’ll serve as an officer and a leader of other angels. 

Our future is dependent largely upon this — the angel leadership or more aptly, Archangel Michael’s leadership. He told humanity that the people could count on him. That, and he would always be there to provide support during times of terrible tragedy. 

This message, and the declaration that he’ll always be there, can apply to everyone around the world. If someone is going through some of their life’s most harrowing experiences, he can help. 

Symbols of Archangel Michael

Images or symbols relating to Archangel Michael are unknown. But there are a number of them in the Bible and in literature. 

The artworks portray him as an aggressive warrior of God and a protector of the people. He symbolizes the ideal commander.

And commanders are seen to have constant equipment available. Besides flame blade weapons, they have a shield they use for various purposes. 

Archangel Michael also often carries a scale with his hands. His wingspans are impressive, and his manner reflects confidence and calmness. 

Also associated with him is the color blue. It symbolizes the power of fortitude and the protection it brings. It is a beautiful color for his energy and spirit.

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Archangel Michael Number

11 is the number linked to Archangel Michael. 

Several studies suggest that the number 11 is associated with spirituality and improved intuition. This is why you have to trust your intuition whenever you need help. It’s symbolic of putting your trust in Archangel Michael.

As the most powerful angel, he never hesitates in taking a stand for the weak and needless. He’s known always to be there to make the powerless feel powerful.

Who does Archangel Michael protect?

Statue of St. MichaelPin

Archangel Michael protects everyone. For him, everyone deserves love and kindness. And he’ll fight for everyone to get them.

While he’s out to protect everyone, he upholds a reputation for being a fearless soldier and a superb guardian to the weak and defenseless. If you feel lost, confused, and detached from your reality, praying to Saint Michael will reassure you that you’re current troubles are temporary.

For instance, when you’re in the first stages of the spiritual awakening process, you may feel like giving up. After all, spiritual awakening is painful. But after saying a prayer, you can think more clearly and understand that the pain will go away soon.

Are there demons you must deal with? When you reach your lowest place, you need guidance from Michael. If you need assistance, he can assist. If you need to vent out your troubles, he can listen to you.

What happens when you pray to the guardian angel Saint Michael?

When you pray to the guardian angel Saint Michael, he’ll be aware of your troubles and you’ll be under his protection. If you’re in harm’s way, you’ll be comforted by the fact that he’s out there to watch over you. Because you reached out to him, he’ll do everything in his power to keep you safe.

Biblical references to Archangel Michael’s protection:

  • “And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels. And they prevailed not: neither was their place found anymore in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world.”

-Rev. 12:7-9

  • “But at that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people: and a time shall come, such as never was from the time that nations began, even until that time. And at that time shall thy people be saved, every one that shall be found written in the book.”

-Daniel 12:1

  • “When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee.”

-Jude 1:9

Why do people pray to Saint Michael?

Throughout history, people have had a variety of reasons for reaching out to Archangel Michael. And commonly, they want to put their mind at ease when they’re up against difficult times.

Common reasons people pray to Saint Michael:

  • Spiritual warfare – There are external forces (and supernatural evil forces) that can’t be defeated so simply. But with the protection offered by Saint Michael, going up against these forces can be less terrifying.
  • Increase in empathetic response – People who pray to Saint Michael have incomparable levels of empathy, kindness, and compassion. Before they react or respond to situations, they read between the lines and look at matters with an understanding heart.
  • Better emotional health – It’s almost effortless to get wrapped up in despair. Fortunately, despair and feelings of hopelessness, as well as other emotional issues,  are salvageable with Saint Michael’s help.
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How do you pray to beloved Archangel Saint Michael?

Praying to Archangel Saint Michael is similar to praying to any other holy being. It’s best if done with pure intentions, a genuine heart, and enough time.

The promises of Archangel Saint Michael:

  • He’ll send an angel from the angelic choir to be with the devotees during Communion
  • He’ll continue to provide the devotees with assistance throughout their lifetime — and also during death
  • He’ll tell the angels to be with the devotees and their loved ones
  • He’ll tell the angels to release the devotees’ loved ones from Purgatory

Well-known prayers to Saint Michael

Statue of Archangel MichaelPin

One of the advantages of praying to Archangel Saint Michael is he listens to your prayer — no matter what it is. He’s not one to be selective and respond only to certain prayers. He listens to everyone and works in helping everyone with their desires. 

And while he recognizes all kinds of prayers, there are notable prayers that hold more power than the others.

The Chaplet of Saint Michael

The Chaplet of Saint Michael is also referred to as the Rosary of the Angels. It’s a notable chaplet that came as a result of a private revelation by Archangel Michael to a Portuguese Carmelite nun named Antónia de Astónaco. Pope Pius IX approved of this in 1851.

Parts of the chaplet:

  • Act of contrition
  • Nine salutations
  • One Our Father
  • Three Hail Marys

These are then followed by four more Our Fathers to honor Archangel Michael — as well as the Guardian Angel, Raphael, and Gabriel. To conclude, the person praying has to recite a prayer to Archangel Michael.

A special prayer to Saint Michael

Because of Archangel Michael’s guidance, many people around the world would gather to say a prayer to him. And of the many prayers out there, there’s one special prayer that stands out.

This is the prayer:

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. 

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. 

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, 

O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan

And all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. 



Come to the aid of men, whom God created immortal, 

made in his image and likeness, 

and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, 

as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, 

and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, 

nor was there a place for them any longer in Heaven. 

But that cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, 

who seduces the whole world, 

was cast into the abyss with all his angels

Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of man has taken courage,

Transformed into an angel of light, 

he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, 

invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, 

to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition 

souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.

Amen.”

Act of Consecration to Archangel Saint Michael

Not only is this a well-known prayer, but it’s also one of the most powerful ways of reaching out to Saint Michael. 

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As Saint Alphonsus Liguori said, “The powers of hell will assail the dying Christian, but his angel guardian will come to console him. His patrons, and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the devils, will come to his aid.”

This is the prayer:

“Oh most Noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies

valorous warrior of Almighty God,

and zealous lover of His glory,

terror of the rebellious angels,

and love and delight of all the just ones,

my beloved Archangel Saint Michael,

desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants,

I, today offer and consecrate myself to you,

and place myself, my family,

and all I possess under your most powerful protection.

I entreat you not to look at how little, I,

as your servant have to offer,

being only a wretched sinner,

but to gaze, rather,

with favorable eye at the heartfelt affection

with which this offering is made,

and remember that if from this day onward

I am under your patronage,

you must during all my life assist me,

and procure for me the pardon of my many grievous offenses, and sins,

the grace to love with all my heart my God,

my dear Saviour Jesus and my Sweet Mother Mary,

and obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown of glory.

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies,

particularly in the last moments of my life.

Come then oh Glorious Prince and succour me in my last struggle,

and with your powerful weapon

cast far from me into the infernal abysses that prevaricator and proud angel

that one day you prostrated in the celestial battle.

Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battle

so that we may not perish in the Last Judgement.”

Conclusion

There are powerful forces that put us at risk — and sometimes, they’re more powerful than us. So as much as we guard ourselves, we could still use another layer of protection. And we have to accept that we’ll be fortunate to have a higher being protect us.

Praying to Archangel Saint Michael is a step towards that. Throughout the ages, he’s known to provide protection. Through that protection, we can live in peace and confidence knowing that he’s there to keep us safe.

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