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The name "Michael" means "Who is like God!" St. Michael the Archangel recognized the almighty God as his Creator and Lord. Standing in front of all the good angels, he proclaimed the glory of God and loyalty to Him in the fight against Lucifer and the rebellious angels (Rev 12,7-9). In the Old Testament he was a protector of Israel, therefore he was quickly recognized by Christians as the patron of the Church. The most famous European shrine in honour of the patron is in Italy at Monte Sant 'Angelo. From the beginning of fifth century Church honoured St. Michael on 29th of September. In 1921, Pope Benedict XV decided that this day will be a liturgical celebration commemorating the two other Archangels: Gabriel and Raphael. Blessed Fr. Bronislaw Markiewicz founded two congregations that bear the name of St. Michael (Michaelites Fathers and Michaelites Sisters), which commissioned the education of children and young people, especially the abandoned. Fr. Mateusz Sobierajski, CSMA
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