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Blasius is given: two candles are consecrated, generally by a prayer, these are then held in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat with them.

In other places oil is consecrated in which the wick of a small candle is dipped and the throats of those present are touched with the wick.

At the time of the persecution under Licinius he was taken prisoner at the command of the governor, Agricolaus.

(4) Apocalypse 12:7 , "And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon." St. At the place where he was first venerated, in Phrygia, his prestige as angelic healer obscured his interposition in military affairs. Michael in the earliest ages caused a medicinal spring to spout at Chairotopa near Colossae, where all the sick who bathed there, invoking the Blessed Trinity and St. The pagans directed a stream against the sanctuary of St. , Gabriel says to Daniel, when he asks God to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem : "The Angel [D. prince] of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me . Michael in Scripture where his name is not mentioned. Also at Pythia in Bithynia and elsewhere in Asia the hot springs were dedicated to St. This feast spread over the entire Greek Church, and the Syrian, Armenian, and Coptic Churches adopted it also; it is now the principal feast of St. It may have originated in Phrygia, but its station at Constantinople was the Thermae of Arcadius (Martinow, "Annus Graeco-slavicus", 8 Nov.). Michael at Constantinople were: 27 October, in the "Promotu" church; 18 June, in the Church of St. The Christians of Egypt placed their life-giving river, the Nile, under the protection of St. 494 or 530-40), as related in the Roman Breviary, 8 May, at his renowned sanctuary on Monte Gargano, where his original glory as patron in war was restored to him. He also holds a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the departed (cf. Four times his name is recorded in Scripture : (1) Daniel sqq. and, behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me . Jude : "When Michael the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses ", etc. Jude alludes to an ancient Jewish tradition of a dispute between Michael and Satan over the body of Moses, an account of which is also found in the apocryphal book on the assumption of Moses ( Origen, "De principiis", III, 2, 2). Michael concealed the tomb of Moses ; Satan, however, by disclosing it, tried to seduce the Jewish people to the sin of hero-worship. Michael also guards the body of Eve, according to the "Revelation of Moses" ("Apocryphal Gospels", etc., ed. According to the Fathers there is often question of St. The Greeks claim that this apparition took place about the middle of the first century and celebrate a feast in commemoration of it on 6 September (Analecta Bolland., VIII, 285-328). The sick slept in this church at night to wait for a manifestation of St. Another famous church was within the walls of the city, at the thermal baths of the Emperor Arcadius; there the synaxis of the archangel was celebrated 8 November. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield (often the shield bears the Latin inscription: Quis ut Deus), standing over the dragon, whom he sometimes pierces with a lance.Numberless churches and altars were dedicated to him and many localities (Taranto, Ragusa, the Abbey of St.Blasius in the Black Forest, etc.) claimed to possess some of his relics. In many places on the day of his feast the blessing of St.

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