Saturday, June 28, 2014

St.Michael and The Old Testament

The following is taken from the booklet from Tan called "St. Michael the Archangel"

1. According to St. Ambrose, it was St. Michael the Archangel who lead Adam into the Garden of Eden.  After the fall of Adam and Eve, it was Michael who stood at the gate of Paradise with a flaming sword, "to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:24).

2. Tradition holds that it was Michael who warned Noah of the flood.

3. Tradition further holds that it was Michael who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and it was him who made possible the departure of the Israelites from Egypt by performing the wonders which overtook Pharoah's armies.

4. To this day, the Jewish people invoke the Archangel Michael as the defender of the synagogues.  On the Feast of the Atonement, "they conclude their prayers with this invocation:"

                   "Michael, Prince of Mercy, pray for Israel, that it may reign in Heaven, in that light
                    which  streams forth from the face of the King Who sits upon the Throne of Mercy."

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