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St Michael the Archangel

Feast Day September 29

In 1973, the name “St. Michael’s” was chosen by our founders to both honour our roots with the hospital detox and to name a patron for our mission.

The feast day of St. Michael the Archangel, for whom we are named, and the other archangels is September 29, a date that is one of the most ancient of all the angel festivals. The Archangel Saint Michael is perhaps one of the better known of the angels. Like Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael he is not only an angel but also an Archangel, that is, chief angel. He is honoured in Christian tradition and also among Jews and Muslims.

The name “Michael” means “who is like God”. The Greek word “angelos” means messenger. Angels are incorporeal creatures who praise God, act as messengers between God and humanity, and serve as guardians of nations, peoples and individuals. Angels are often ordered into nine categories and are mentioned 192 in Sacred Christian scriptures.

The long tradition identifies St. Michael the Archangel as the leader who remained faithful to God, and cast out Lucifer at God’s command. In times of unusual danger, when the malice of evil seems triumphant, St. Michael will come to our aid. In art, St. Michael is usually shown with a sword, battling or standing in victory over a dragon, snake or Satan.

St. Michael the Archangel is a patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, soldiers and for the sick and dying. And, he could be considered as a wonderful patron for those who seek to “triumph” over their addictions through a daily program of recovery.