Tuesday, February 17, 2015

St. Michael - Patron Saint of the latter Langobards

"St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell, Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."

When approximately a half million Langobards invaded the Cisalpine region in the sixth century, perhaps slightly over half of them were Odinic Heathens (not the Christian usage of "heathen"), and the rest were Arian Christians (not the same as "Aryan"). Over time, especially under the rule of Queen Theodelinda, they became largely Catholic.

The Prayer to St. Michael (above), to me somehow captured the spirit of the still-very-formidable Langobard army of the post-Cisalpine era. However, it was written by Pope Leo XIII in the nineteenth century.

From PacemInTerris.org:

In a vision, Pope Leo XIII was shown the fearful battle to be waged between Satan and St. Michael over the Church of the future. He composed the following powerful prayer, which you may use as a defense against Satan and all evil spirits. The Church has set aside September 29th to celebrate the holy archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

The Archangels

An archangel is an angel of high rank. Beings similar to archangels are found in a number of religious traditions; but the word "archangel" itself is usually associated with the Abrahamic religions.

From PaceInTerris.org:

Archangels are mentioned throughout sacred Scripture in their unique role as God’s messengers to people at critical times in the salvation process.

The Archangels likely predate Abrahamic religions, but that opens up a whole new area of study.

Archangel Michael

Michael the Archangel

Michael ("who is like God") is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic teachings. Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Lutherans refer to him as "Saint Michael the Archangel" and also as "Saint Michael". Orthodox Christians refer to him as the "Taxiarch Archangel Michael" or simply "Archangel Michael."

St. Michael (Catholic)

Saint Michael the Archangel is referred to in the Old Testament and has been part of Christian teachings since the earliest times. In Catholic writings and traditions he acts as the defender of the Church, and chief opponent of Satan; and assists souls at the hour of death.

"Lombards" from the well-admired 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

The 1911 Ecyclopedia Britannica is considered by many to be a great source of knowledge. Later encyclopedias were influenced by powerful institutions and lobbying groups who basically sought to "change history." Its description of the Langobards and their history, entitled 'LOMBARDS, or LANGOBARDI', is excellent as a brief source.

If you're like me, and during the evening you don't feel like staring at a screen and concentrating to read a long article, you may want to try FromTextToSpeech.com. Then you can just sit back and listen. I use the "Heather" voice, which I find easy to understand.


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