Friday, July 25, 2008

St. Michael Bracelet

Apparition of St. Michael, The Archangel on Monte Gargano, Italy

(Name means, "Who is like God" Glorious Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ)

"The very name of Michael urges us to honor this glorious spirit; it is a cry of enthusiasm and fidelity, for it signifies: "Who is like unto God?" Satan trembles at hearing this name, for it reminds him of the noble protest wherewith the bright Archangel answered the call of the rebel angels. Michael proved his strength and prowess when he fought the great battle in Heaven. From that hour he has been known as "Michael, the captain of the armies of God, first Prince of the Holy City, to whom the other angels yield ready obedience. They most willingly and gratefully recognize his supremacy, for after God, they owe to him their perseverance in grace and their eternal happiness. With loving submission, they receive from him their various offices. They are attentive to the slightest wish, because they recognize in his commands and regulations the will of God, their sovereign Lord and King.*
* St. Michael and the angels

St. Alphonsus Liguori is often quoted as saying that "Devotion to St. Michael and the holy angels is a mark of predestination." This reason alone were certainly sufficient to induce us not to neglect their veneration. On the contrary, we should earnestly strive to cultivate their friendship, in which we ashall indeed be blessed, for no earthly friends can compare with them in goodness, in power and in love." Jesus is the head of the Angels

Prayer to Saint Michael
Dear Saint Michael, your name means, "Who is like God?" and it indicates that you remained faithful when others rebelled against God. Help police officers in our day who strive to stem the rebellion and evil that are rampant on all sides. Keep them faithful to their God as well as to their country and their fellow human beings. Amen.
"Hail, bright Archangel, Prince of Heaven! Spirit divinely strong!
To whose rare merit hath been given to head the angelic throng".

On this picture above, there is an example that angels are always around us. I have always felt the presence of my angels. One day I was taking pictures of a laser cut crystal with the image of an angel, which is the center one, but when I uploaded my pictures, I was truly surprised of how this picture came out. If you notice on the top left corner of the picture, you can see the image of an angel with either, what appears to be a sword or spear and then notice the light running down below him. I was truly amazed.
I was inspired to create this bracelet with bold gemstones to represent St. Michael's strength. I also added a third class relic and a larger medal of St. Michael including those beautiful ornate angel wings.

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