Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Michael archangel

Myths, folklore, and symbolism
Michael archangel: The guardian angel of the Hebrew nation, whom Christianity adopted as a saint - in the broad sense - of the Church miltant. His origins probably lie in the religion of ancient Persia whose pantheon was divided into two, light and dark, or good and evil. The gods of light, with whom Michael was associated, were in perpetual conflict with the gods of darkness...He wears a coat of mail and is armed wiht a shield, and sword or spear, or both. Like nearly all angels he has wings...ST. Michael is also represented weighing the souls of the dead (psychostasis) to measure their just deserts...St. Michael as weigher of souls often forms a central feature in the last judgment. (Hall)

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