Icon of Saint Michael the Archangel

$315.00

Hand painted icon of Saint Michael the Archangel who was venerated as a healer in Phrygia (modern-day Turkey).

According to rabbinic Jewish tradition, Michael acted as the advocate of Israel, and sometimes had to fight with the princes of the other nations and particularly with the angel Samael, Israel’s accuser. Michael’s enmity against Samael dates from the time when the latter was thrown down from heaven. Samael took hold of the wings of Michael, whom he wished to bring down with him in his fall; but Michael was saved by God.

In Roman Catholic teachings, Saint Michael has four main roles or offices.  His first role is the leader of the Army of God and the leader of heaven’s forces in their triumph over the powers of hell.  He is viewed as the angelic model for the virtues of the spiritual warrior, with the conflict against evil at times viewed as the battle within.

The second and third roles of Michael in Catholic teachings deal with death. In his second role, Michael is the angel of death, carrying the souls of all the deceased to heaven. In this role Michael descends at the hour of death, and gives each soul the chance to redeem itself before passing; thus consternating the devil and his minions. Catholic prayers often refer to this role of Michael. In his third role, he weighs souls in his perfectly balanced scales. For this reason, Michael is often depicted holding scales.

In his fourth role, Saint Michael, the special patron of the Chosen People in the Old Testament, is also the guardian of the Church. Saint Michael was revered by the military orders of knights during the Middle Ages. The names of villages around the Bay of Biscay express that history. This role also was why he was considered the patron saint of a number of cities and countries.

Written with traditional icon methodology by parishioner Bonnie Fairbanks.

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Dimensions 11 × 14 in
Material(s)

Handpainted Wood

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