The Story of Lucifer's Fall and St. Michael the Archangel and his faithful followers won a glorious victory. In reward for his zeal and fidelity, the holy Archangel Michael was made prince and commander-in-chief of all the heavenly legions.
The angels willingly and gratefully acknowledge his supremacy recognizing, after God (and the Virgin Mary), 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 his slightest wish, seeing in his commands and regulations the will of God.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
St. Michael receives the highest honor in the heavenly court. He also deserves high honor from us. After Our Lady, he was the first to recognize and adore the Word-made-flesh, and the first to be illumined by His grace.
The Church affirms that Satan was once a good angel and that he (and many other angels) freely chose to reject God. Their choice was final and definite. Satan has no chance of repentance.
This is because angels were given an extraordinary intellect, not clouded in any way. So Lucifer knew exactly what he was doing when he chose to rebel against God and he knew all the implications of it.
This rebellion was accomplished at the beginning of time, shortly after the creation of the angels, before the creation of men. This can be deduced simply by the fact that Satan was already present at the Garden of Eden.
Traditionally speaking, all of the angels in the world were created at one instance at the very beginning of creation. One theory that we are allowed to believe is that on the first day when God made “light,” the “light” He made was the angels (Gen. 1:3). This is further confirmed when God “divided the light from the darkness,” referring to the rebellion of the angels led by Lucifer (Gen. 1:4). This is brought forth by Saint Augustine in “City of God:”
For when God said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God; so that they, being illumined by the Light that created them, might themselves become light and be called “Day,” in participation of that unchangeable Light and Day which is the Word of God, by whom both themselves and all else were made. (Book 11, Chapter 9, emphasis added)
It makes logical sense as the “Sun” and “Moon” were not created until the fourth day!
The Weakest takes on the Strongest
What makes this battle at the beginning of creation even more interesting is the fact that Lucifer was created by God as a “Seraphim,” in the highest choir of angels, and St. Michael was an “Archangel,” one of the lowest choirs of angels.
In the “logic” of God’s divine Providence this makes perfect sense. God continually uses the “lowest,” “weakest,” and most “vulnerable” of this world to confound the “strongest.”
“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are” (1 Corinthians 1:27-28 RSV).
When looking upon a crucifix, we see this played out in full force. God did not ride on his war-horse from Heaven to destroy death; He humiliated Himself and became a child, who then grew-up and was killed by men.
This is a great lesson for us all.
We must remember that we will never be able to defeat the influence of the devil or sin by sheer force. We can not think that somehow “we” will defeat Satan. God alone is our strength and it takes great humility to allow God full power over our lives. To use a phrase of St. John the Baptist,
“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Then and only then will we be victorious over the Evil One.
St. Michael is also the first apostle, because he was the first to announce the Savior to the angelic choirs. He is the first lieutenant of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for he was the first to lead the faithful servants of God to victory against the enemy.
Both in the Old and New Testaments, St. Michael is called the guardian angel of the People of God. The Fathers of the Church are united in teaching that St. Michael is the primary guardian angel and protector of the Catholic Church.
Innumerable spiritual and temporal blessings have been attributed to him from the earliest days of Christianity.