A man does not possess all the gifts, lest he think that grace is nature.
If every virtue comes into being through soul and body, and soul and body are the creation of God, how shall we not be utterly mad if we boast of accidental adornments of soul or body, and puff ourselves up, supported by our vanity as by a flimsy staff? It was with reference to this that the Apostle said: ‘For what do you have which you did not receive’ (I Cor. 4:7)? Did you create yourself? And if you received from God both soul and body, from which and in which and through which every virtue comes into being, ‘why do you boast as if you did not receive’ (I Cor. 4:7)? For it is the Lord Who has given you these things.
How about Gabriel sites? :)
Chosen captain of the heavenly hosts and defender of mankind, we - delivered by you from afflictions - offer this hymn of thanksgiving, and do you standing before the throne of the King of Glory set us free from all distress that we may cry to you with faith and love:
Hail, Michael great captain, with the hosts of heaven!
As leader of the fiery choirs of angels, it is right to praise you with angelic tongue, 0 Michael, but until - taught by you - we have become used to the speech of the bodiless powers, hear the praises from thankful lips though they be those of mortal beings:
Hail, first-formed star of the world!
Hail, candle of truth and justice, shining like gold!
Hail, first receiver, in the choir of angels of the rays of the uncreated light!
Hail, head of angels and archangels!
Hail, you in whom the creative glory of the Right Hand shines!
Hail, you by whom the assembly of all bodiless creatures is made beautiful!
Hail, Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven!
Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Commentary of the Orthodox Study Bible
Apparently from the apocryphical book The Assumption of Moses (see Dt 34:5-6 for the possibility for the assumption of Moses; also Zec 3:1-2). The people of God are defended by holy angels. This is also a gracious warning to believers concerning vehement accusations against God’s enemies: Let God judge.
The archangel Michael showed his restraint (Zec 3:2) even though he was dealing with the devil himself.
1 And the Lord showed me Joshua, the high priest, standing before the presence of the Angel of the Lord, and the devil stood at his right hand to oppose him.
2 And the Lord said to the devil, “The Lord rebukes you, O devil, even the Lord choosing for Himself Jerusalem rebukes you. Behold, is this one not like a brand plucked from the fire?”
3 And Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and stood before the Angel.
The honored Archangel, Michael, is the head of the hosts of heaven, who stands at all times before the great throne of God, interceding on behalf of the human race.
Joshua, the son of Nun, saw him in great glory and was frightened by him and fell on his face to the earth and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” So he said, “No; but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come … I have given Jericho into your hand and its king.” (Joshua 5:13-15, 6:2)
The Archangel Michael was with all the saints and martyrs. He strengthened them and enabled them to endure patiently until they finished their strife.
This name of his is a Hebrew name meaning “who is like God”. He is in a general manner, the commander of the angels.
The icon of the archangel Michael is set up in every church, where he is dressed in a soldier’s dress as “commander of the army of the Lord”. He has a spear in his hand (or a sword) by which he pierces Satan who appears as a dragon, as it is written in the book of Revelation: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon”. Michael triumphed in that war, and he cast the devil out of heaven (Revelation 12: 7-9).
It is said of him in the book of the prophet Daniel: “Michael … the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people” (Daniel 12:1). In spite of the greatness of the archangel Michael, we see his humility, as it was mentioned in the epistle of Jude: “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said: ‘The Lord rebuke you!”‘ (Jude 9). And we note that the archangel Michael is the one who came to help the archangel Gabriel, when the devil, “the prince of the kingdom of Persia”, stood before him to oppose him. (Daniel 10: 11-13).
His intercession be for us and Glory be to our God, forever. Amen.
Archangel Saint Michael of the Apocalypse
Valaam Monastery Smolensky Skete
Prosomia of the Praises 1st Tone
“Let us who dwell in the world now like angels keep the feast,
and unto God who is carried
on the throne of His glory
cry aloud the hymn, saying: “Father who art
in the heavens, Holy are You;
co-unoriginate Logos, Holy are You;
and all-holy Spirit, Holy are You“.
“Since you are foremost in heaven, and have great freedom to speak,
O Chief Commander Michael, as you stand there in glory
near the unendurable throne of the Lord,
and behold things ineffable,
by your entreaties deliver us from distress
and temptations and from perils, we pray“.
“Among the bodiless Angels you are expressly the first.
O Chief Commander Michael,
an eye-witness and mystic
are you of that divine and resplendent light.
Hence we fervently pray to you:
Save us who piously honor you every year
and in faith extol the Trinity“.
Chosen Leader of Heavenly Forces (Kontakion to St. Michael, the Archangel) - Ukrainian Orthodox chant by choir Saint Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery - Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv patriarchate.
AKАТИСТ светом Архангелу МИХАИЛУ - AKATIST
- A small article about Archangel Michael -here-
- I reblogged the article of Andrew’s now deactivated blog with a lot of information -here-
- A video about Archangel Michael (starts with the story of a woman in which he intercessed and helped her but then there will be information) -here-
- Archangel Michael in Jude and Zachariah -here-
- Archangel Michael and the “cup of death” -here-
- Saint John of Kronstadt on the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the heavenly hosts -here-
- Post about the icon “The assembly of Archangel Michael/Archangel Michael and the Synaxis of the Archangels” -here-
- Post about the icon of “Michael Archistrategos/Archangel Michael of the Apocalypse” -here-
- The miracle of Archangel Michael at Khonae -here-
- Recent Miracle of Archangel Michael’s icon weeping at Rhodos -here-
- Archangel Michael’s icons mouth moving as a woman prayed to it -here-
- A miracle on the island of Symi (Simi) at Panormitis Monastery -here-
- A miracle as Archangel Michael appeared to a pilot as he was about to crash -here-
- Here are some links to hymns (text form) 1 2 3
- Tropar -here-
That afternoon, the first of September, the first day of the new ecclesiastical year, her breathing became thick. Hearing the death rattle, Gerontissa* had Sr. Irene call all the nuns to come and say goodbye. They all came at once. Bowing low, each asked her forgiveness and took her blessing.
Then Yia-Yia pursed her lips, as though something were being offered her to drink, and made a face displaying displeasure, as though the drink were bitter. She laid her head on her pillow and slightly opened her mouth. Then her soul departed.
"It was the cup of death," Sr. Euphemia told me afterward. "The Archangel Michael comes to everyone at their death and gives them a bitter drink in order to make the soul depart."
*Gerontissa - Used as a respectful title for any abbess or older nun.
The Remembrance of the Miracle, worked by the Holy Archistrategos (Heavenly Hosts Leader) Michael, at Khona (IV)
Commemorated on September 6/19
The Remembrance of the Miracle, worked by the Holy Archistrategos (Heavenly Hosts Leader) Michael, at Khona (IV): In Phrygia, not far from the city of Hieropolis, in a place called Kherotopos, there was a church named for the Archangel Michael, and outside the church flowed a health-curative spring. This church was built through the zeal of a certain inhabitant of the city of Laodiceia in gratitude to God and to the holy Archistrategos Michael, who had appeared in a dream vision to this man – the father of a mute girl, and who then had not yet been illumined by holy Baptism, and revealed to him, that his daughter would receive the gift of speech in drinking from the water of the spring. During her drinking the girl actually did receive healing and began to speak. After this miracle, the father with his daughter and all their family were baptised, and in fervent gratitude the father built the church in honour of the holy Archistrategos Michael. And for healing began to come to the water-spring not only Christians, but also pagans. In so doing, many of the pagans turned from their idols and were converted to the faith in Christ.
At this church of the holy Archistrategos Michael a certain pious man by the name of Archippos served over the span of 60 years as church-attendant. By his preaching and by the example of his saintly life he brought many a pagan to faith in Christ. With the general malice of that time towards Christians, and even moreso against Archippos, who had never forsaken the church and gave example of a real servant of Christ, the pagans gave thought to destroying the church and at the same time kill Archippos. Towards this end they made a confluence of two mountainous rushing streams and directed its combined flow against the church. Saint Archippos prayed fervently to the Archistrategos Michael to ward off the danger. Through his prayer the Archangel Michael appeared at the temple, and with a blow of his staff opened into the mountain a wide fissure and commanded to flow into it the rushing torrents of water. The temple thus remained unharmed. In beholding such an awesome miracles, the pagans fled in terror, and Archippos together with Christians gathered in church glorified God and gave thanks to the holy Archangel Michael for the help. The place where the miracle happened received the name “Khona”, which means “opening” or “fissure”.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.
please forgive what I am about to do.
The usual spam on Archangel Michael feastdays.