All the angels may have followed Lucifer if one among them would have not stood to defend the honor of God. Quis us Deus is his name: Who is like God, or in Hebrew Michael. For his fidelity to God, Saint Michael deserved to be called Prince of the Angels. He is the captain of the celestial army, leading the faithful troops to the battle against the powers of darkness. For this reason, the men of the militant Church show a great veneration for the Archangel Michael. His devotion has always been spread in the world, especially throughout the Middle-Ages.
Another attribute that we often see with Saint Michael is the scale of justice. According to tradition, the Archangel stands between the soul and God at the time of death. He weighs the soul and the side on which the scale goes will determine its eternal destiny. Nothing will be forgotten. This thought should help us to make the scale incline on the good side by helping us to keep constantly in our mind that we have to do good and turn away from evil.
From all times, men, associations, confraternities and nations have been imploring Saint Michael’s protection and they have not been deceived. Today, with the same hope, we ask for his protection. Doing this does not dispense us of working on our own sanctification, but it brings us a precious comfort. I am sure that he will walk with us this afternoon during our pilgrimage, as he will walk with us each day of our life until the end of the great pilgrimage of our earthly life. Under the protection of his powerful sword, we can remain safe.
Let us give thank to Saint Michael for all the good work he does for us and let us turn to the Queen of the angels. Let us tell her that we proclaim our fidelity and that we are ready to fight the good battle of faith. It is our victory!