St. Michael the Archangel led God’s forces against Satan and crushed him. He is the ultimate force for good against evil doers. For this reason he is the patron saint of policemen, soldiers, especially fighter pilots and paratroopers. In 1469 he was made the patron saint of chivalry in France and England, and a St. Michael pendant is worn by policemen and soldiers around the world. The word Michael comes from the Hebrew Micah which means “who is like God?” which is a question that has no answer, because no one is like God.
In many countries his image is stamped on police badges. He is valued by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. A St. Michael pendant is a reminder to those men and women in law enforcement that good will prevail over evil. There are individual pendants that have a particular emblem of a branch of the armed forces on one side and St. Michael’s image on the other side. They are available in pewter, sterling silver, gold plated or solid gold and some have an enamel painting in exquisite detail of St. Michael.They usually have the words, St. Michael ‘pray for us’ or ‘protect us’. They come in round, oval or badge shaped.
The different designs on a St. Michael pendant can be really beautiful. Some have a rustic finish and look ancient. St. Michael is usually shown with a raised sword, sometimes holding scales and with Satan or a dragon under his foot. The scales represent his role of receiver of souls, taking them to judgment and giving them the chance to repent. This is the aspect of dispenser of justice, which also appeals to law enforcers. There is jewelry designed for women including rings, earrings and filigree pendants with the same powerful figure and message.
When the early Christians wanted their martyrs as their military patrons, St. Michael was given the patronage of the sick. There are healing miracles attributed to worshiping the Holy Trinity and invoking him. For this, he is also the patron saint for emergency medical personal, and there is a St. Michael pendant with the EMT emblem on the back. He is also the patron saint for bankers, radiologists, security guards, artists, bakers, sailors and grocers. He is the guardian of the church in his role of keeping Satan down as well as protector of the Jews. He will bring Gods soldiers at the end of time to conquer evil once again.
The most unique and simple St. Michael Pendant is made in Medjugorje, a small town in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. They use either sterling silver or 14K gold for making many religious pendants. There are no words on the medal, just a very clear, detailed image of St. Michael slaying a dragon. It is a perfect image of peace in the process of destroying evil. Whether he is your patron saint or you just want to wear his powerful image, you will be able to find the perfect pendant online.
This article was published on Sunday 10 January, 2010.