St. Michael the Archangel is a prominent figure in Christian and Jewish traditions, often recognized for his role as a powerful angelic warrior. He is mentioned in the Bible, specifically in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation, where he is depicted as a leader of the heavenly host and a defender of righteousness.
St. Michael is best known for his battle against Lucifer (or Satan) and the fallen angels, which led to their expulsion from Heaven. This event is often referred to as the War in Heaven. He is also associated with protecting and guiding individuals in their spiritual journeys, including safeguarding souls on their way to heaven and weighing them in judgment.
In Christian iconography, St. Michael is often depicted with a sword, shield, and armor, symbolizing his role as a protector and warrior against evil forces. His feast day is celebrated on September 29th in the Western Christian tradition and November 8th in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. St. Michael remains a symbol of strength, courage, and divine protection, and he is venerated as a patron saint of soldiers, law enforcement, and those in need of spiritual defense.