Eugène Delacroix. St. Michael Defeats the Devil. 1854-1861. Oil and virgin wax on plaster.
Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Happy nameday to all our favorite Michaels and Michelles out there -- but especially our own Michelle who was named especially for this great archangel!