September 29                                                                           Patron of Policemen
WHEN God created the angels, those beautiful spirits of light and love which surround His heavenly throne in great numbers, He gave them wonderful gifts of holiness, beauty and wisdom.

One of the greatest of the archangels was Lucifer, whose name means "bearer of light." He was proud of his power and wanted to be worshipped instead of worshipping God, his Creator.  He cried out loudly, "I will not serve God!"
Another great archangel set up his battle cry of love and obedience: "Michael - Who is like God?" In a great battle, the good angels, led by Michael, cast the bad angels into hell. In reward for his love and obedience, God made Archangel Michael prince of all the heavenly armies.
From the beginning of time, St. Michael was the leader of God's chosen people. In the New Testament he is the guardian angel and the protector of the Catholic Church.

O God, You arranged the services of angels and of men in a wonderful order. Mercifully grant that they who always stand before Your face ministering to You in heaven may also defend our life upon earth.

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