Saint Michael the Archangel is referenced in the Old Testament and has been part of Christian exorcism and the church militant pdf since the earliest times. A widely used “Prayer to Saint Michael” was brought into official use by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and was recommended by Pope John Paul II in 1994. The feast day of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael is September 29.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that: “The whole life of the church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of the angels. From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Christ is the center of the angelic world.
They belong to him because they were created through and for him. Roman Catholic tradition calls Michael, Gabriel and Raphael archangels. Michael means “Who is like God? Gabriel means “Power of God” or “Strong One of God” and Raphael means “God has healed”.
Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are named in the Bible as angels. Roman Catholics accept as canonical, the Book of Tobit, in which Raphael is named.
Only Michael is called an archangel in the Bible. The feast of these angels is celebrated on September 29. Within the hierarchy of the angels, at the highest level, St.