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Archangel Michael

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Iconography
[[Image:Michael2.jpg|right|frame|The Holy Archangel Michael]]
==Iconography==
As the Chief Commander There are three icons of the Heavenly hosts, Archangel Michael usually holds a sword in one hand. In the other that he often carries carries a either a shield, date-tree branch, a spear, or a white banner (possibly with a scarlet cross). He is most likely has personally intervened miraculously to be wearing red. In many instances, Michael tramples the devil under "authoring" of his feetimage; [[Archangel Michael of Mantamados|Mantamados]], which may be depicted as a dragon. This comes from the tradition that [[Archangel Michael was the main opponent of Satan in the battle for Heaven. Satan, previously called Samael, was always looking to discredit Israel, while Panormitis|Panormitis]] and [[Archangel Michael was its main protectorof Nenita|Nenita]]. In the end, Satan attempted to drag Michael down in his fall from the heights, but Michael was rescued by GodEach of these icons are different.
More typically, he is represented as the Chief Commander of the Heavenly hosts, where he holds a sword in one hand; in the other he often carries either a shield, a date-tree branch, a spear, or a white banner (possibly with a scarlet cross). Some icons of the Archangel Michael (or the Archangel Gabriel) show the angel holding an orb in one hand and a staff in the other. <ref>Inside the orb are often the superimposed greek letters X P. The "Chi Rho" symbol for Jesus Christ. Thus the orb carried by the archangel belongs to Christ and represents the kingdom of the enthroned Divine King.</ref> Michael is also represented in icons as standing on a horizontal body and with his left arm held high, holding a small image of a "baby". The body represents a human being at the time of his death and the image of the "baby" represents the soul of the deceased. This icon came about since the belief has always been held that the Archangel Michael takes the souls of the dead with the Guardian Angel. This is typical of the miraculous and wonder-working [[Archangel Michael of Panormitis|Panormitis]] icon in Symi of Greece. In Russian iconography he is most likely to be wearing red. In many instances, Michael tramples the devil under his feet, which may be depicted as a dragon. This comes from the tradition that Michael was the main opponent of Satan in the battle for Heaven. Satan, previously called Samael, was always looking to discredit Israel, while Michael was its main protector. In the end, Satan attempted to drag Michael down in his fall from the heights, but Michael was rescued by God. There is only one 'icon' in the Orthodox church tradition that defies the traditional structure of iconography. This is the icon of [[Mantamados]] that exists in Mytilene, Lesvos. Here his upper-torso is represented as a three-dimensional image mixed with dirt and blood of martyrs and he is a warrior. His face is alive and he will mirror the condition of your soul by the expression on his face.
==Hymns==
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