St. Michael the Archangel: Protector and Warrior - Catholic Ace (2023)

St. Michael the Archangel is the leader of the angels. He is one of the seven angels who stand before the throne of God. He is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. St. Michael defeated the devil and his demons in his own spiritual warfare. And what a great feeling it is to know that we can invoke St. Michael’s name to defend us in battle!

#1 St. Michael in Sacred Scripture

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At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since the nation began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Daniel 12:1

  • St. Michael is called “a great prince” in the book of Daniel.
  • St. Michael is the guardian angel of the people of God (Dan 10:21; 12:1).
  • St. Michael protects the People of God (Dan 12:1).


Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9

  • St. Michael is a heavenly warrior and an archangel (Jude 9).
  • St. Michael quotes sacred scripture (Zech 3:2) in the book of Jude (Jude 1:8-10).

“The common interpretation is, that St. Michael conveyed the body of Moses out of the way, and from the knowledge of the Israelites, lest they should pay to it some idolatrous worship; whereas the devil, for that end, would have it buried, so that the people might know the place and adore it. Source: George Leo Haydock

(Video) St Michael the Archangel Prayer (long version) - Full Prayer


Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back. Revelation 12:7

  • St. Michael leads the angels of heaven into war against Satan (Rev 12:7-9).

5 St. Michael Verses from the Bible

1.ArchangelsMichael, one of the chief princes…Daniel 10:13
2.ArchangelsSupports me / Michael your prince…Daniel 10:21
3.ArchangelThere shall arise Michael / great prince…Daniel 12:1
4.WarriorMichael / contended with the devil…Jude 1:9
5.WarriorWar in heaven / Michael battled the devil…Revelation 12:7

#2 Michael of the Morning Prayer

“Michael, Michael of the morning, Fresh chord of heaven adorning, Keep me safe today, And in times of temptation drive the devil away. Amen.”

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That is the Michael of the Morning Prayer. It is a prayer that was prayed devoutly by a young Marine that was wounded during the Korean War in 1950. According to the Christian Marine, St. Michael the Archangel saved his life on the battlefield!

You can hear the broadcast of the soldier’s angelic encounter here:

#3 Why is St. Michael the Archangel Important?

St. Michael the Archangel is important because it was his zeal and love for the glory of God that allowed him to rise up and rally all of the good angels of heaven to defeat the dragon, Satan, and his demons. St. Michael also escorts faithful souls to heaven.

“Deliver them from the lion’s mouth, that hell engulf them not, that they fall not into darkness; but let Michael, the holy standard-bearer, bring them into the holy light.” – The Mass for the Dead, Offertory

#4 St. Michael in Spiritual Warfare

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I read in a Msgr. Stephen Rossetti blog post what a powerful force St. Michael is in our ongoing struggles of spiritual warfare against the devil. A possessed soul seeking healing from the Church recently affirmed the glorious power of St. Michael:

(Video) Powerful Consecration Prayer to St Michael the Arch Angel, Litany, Healing, Deliverance, Protection

David added, “It’s torture to be there, with all of the statues, and pictures that surround me.” He went on, “All of the people and the priest praying is such a loud noise that it makes me so angry.” And he concluded, “When they say the St. Michael prayer, I can hear the demons screaming. It’s so horrible and frightening and painful.”

You can read Msgr. Rossetti’s blog post here: Exorcist Diary #195

#3 St. Michael in the Church Liturgy

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“In the first coming Christ endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Michael’s Involvement in the Church

St. Michael is engaged in a number of other roles in the Church’s liturgy:

  • St. Michael is called upon by God to be protector of the Church.
  • St. Michael escorts into heaven those who have died.
  • St. Michael is venerated by the Church (also St. Gabriel and St. Raphael).

“Until 1970 the prayers in the liturgy addressed St. Michael as the angel who presented the soul for judgement.” Source: Angels of God The Bible, The Church and the Heavenly Hosts, Mike Aquilina

#4 St. Michael the Patron Saint

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Patron Occupations

Although some occupations may receive patron protection from St. Michael, if you do him and his angels homage by doing such things as praying the Angelus at 6am, noon, and 6pm each day, surely they will be there for you, just as you are for them.


  • Bankers
  • Doctors
  • EMTs
  • Firemen
  • Grocers
  • Law enforcement
  • Mariners
  • Military personnel
  • Paramedics
  • Paratroopers
  • Police officers
  • Soldiers

#5 St. Michael the Archangel Statue

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I heard a well known exorcist, Fr. Chad Ripperger, advise all Catholic families to keep a blessed statue of St. Michael in their house for spiritual protection.

You should ask a priest to give the sacramental statue of St. Michael a rite of blessing over the statue to provide your family spiritual protection in your home.

(Video) 🕊 Prayers to St Michael for Protection from Evil & Disruptive Thoughts

You can read about my own experience with a St. Michael statue: Archangels

Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord… Daniel 3:38

#7 Characteristics of St. Michael

“Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power.” – St. Gregory

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St. Michael, Protector Angel

  • St. Michael helps to protect God’s people.
  • St. Michael appears as patron protector of Israel in the book of Daniel.
  • St. Michael contends with other angelic princes who look after Gentile nations.
  • St. Michael helps God’s people to understand the events that surround them.
  • St. Michael can interpret dreams and visions.
  • St. Michael can speak to us on God’s behalf.

St. Michael, Warrior Angel

  • St. Michael is leader of the angelic armies.
  • St. Michael leads the heavenly army in the attack against Satan and his demons.
  • Despite the authoritative status of St. Michael as a leader archangel, St. Michael. called on God to rebuke the devil for his slander of Moses in the book of Jude.
  • St. Michael and his fellow angels with him enforce the judgment against the devil won by Christ’s death and resurrection.

“St. Michael has always been the warrior Angel, fighting first Satan and his demons from the beginning, then, in the course of time, all the enemies of God’s own people. Source: The Angels in Catholic Teaching and Tradition, Fr. Pascal Parente

The Name Michael:Who is Like God?

  • In Hebrew, Michael means, “Who is like God?” (who can compare with God).
  • St. Michael is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments.
  • St. Michael is given the title “prince.”

“Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform.” – St. Gregory

#8 St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day

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The Feast Day for St. Michael the Archangel is September 29.

“You will need the help of St. Michael living in this world.” – St. Padre Pio

(Video) Powerful Chaplet, Litany and Protection Prayer St Michael ArchAngel, Our Lady, St Raphael & Gabriel.

#9 God’s Archangels in the Bible

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For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Characteristics of Archangels

Q. Mention some Archangels and tell what they did. A. The Archangel Michael drove Satan out of heaven; the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin that she was to become the Mother of God. The Archangel Raphael guided and protected Tobias. Source: The Baltimore Catechism

  • Archangels announce the plans of God.
  • Archangels are charged to protect God’s people.
  • Archangels are ready to guide and direct God’s people.
  • Archangels can present personal and family prayers before God.
  • Archangel translates as “chief angel” in Greek.
  • Archangels are members of one of the nine (9) choirs of angels.
  • Archangels are generally known as the 8th of the 9th or the second lowest rank.
  • Archangels are known by the following three: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
  • The word archangel only appears twice in the Bible (1 Thes 4:16 and Jude 1:9).
  • St. Michael is the only angel who is explicitly called an archangel.
  • St. Michael and the archangels function as God’s messengers.

“Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.” – St. Gregory

The 2 Archangel Verses in the Bible

1.Christ’s ReturnThe voice of an archangel / trumpet of God…1 Thess 4:16
2.Warrior AngelThe archangel Michael / contended with the devil…Jude 1:9

#11 St. Michael the Archangel Prayer

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In response to the rise of evil in the world, Pope Leo XIII prudently instructed the Church in 1886 to pray his Prayer to St. Michael at the end of every Mass.

“St. 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, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel PDF: St. Michael Prayer

Many parishes, recognizing the magnitude of the spiritual warfare going on within the Church and in the world we live in today, are zealously opting to pray Pope Leo XXIII’s powerful St. Michael the Archangel Prayer at the end of the Mass.

“And from this the Mass derives its name … the deacon on festival days ‘dismisses’ the people at the end of the Mass, by saying: ‘Ite, missa est,’ that is, the victim, Jesus, has been sent to God through the angel, so that it may be accepted by God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas


St. Michael, Defend Us in Battle…

Let us ask St. Michael to defend us in battle and pray for us. Amen!

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