The Church dedicates Arandjelovdan to all angels, and the first among them to the Holy Archangel Michael. Belief says that he did not die and that he went down among the people as needed, as a traveler or a beggar.
Beliefs on the day of the Holy Archangel Michael
It is believed that Archangel Michael accepts the souls of the dead and, measuring their good and evil deeds on earth, sends them to heaven or hell.
According to popular belief, the weather on Arandjelovdan will be the same throughout the winter and spring. In some parts of Serbia, this angel is also celebrated as the protector of cattle breeders because it is believed that only he can drive away wolves.
Photo: Zoran Jovanović Mačak
Prayer to the Holy Archangel Michael
Lord God, great King of the Beginners, send, Lord, Your Archangel Michael to help Your servants (names), deliver us from our enemies, visible and invisible.
O Lord Great Archangel Michael, pour peace and prosperity on Your servants (names). O Lord Great Archangel Michael, that you destroy demons, threaten all our enemies who fight against us, make them like sheep and destroy them like dust before the wind.
O Lord’s Great Archangel Michael, six-winged First Princes and Duke of Heavenly Powers, Cherubim and Seraphim and All Saints! O Beautiful Archangel Michael, guardian of the unspoken Mysteries of God, be our Great Helper in everything: in insults, in sorrows, in sorrow, in deserts and on crossroads, on rivers and on seas, a quiet haven.
Photo: Z. Jovanović
Deliver us, Great Archangel Michael, from all the lies of the devil, always hear us, Your sinful servants (names), praying to You and calling on Your Holy Name, hurry to help and hear our prayer.
Oh, Great Archangel Michael! Defeat all our opponents by the Power of the Honorable Life-Giving Cross of the Lord, the Prayers of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Apostles, and Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, the Holy Prophet Elijah, Saint Andrew the Fool, the Holy Great Martyrs Nikita and Eustatius, and the Holy Saints and All Saints and Martyrs Heavenly Forces. Amen.
O Great Archangel Michael, help us sinful servants of Yours (names), deliver us from earthquakes, floods, fire, swords, from sudden death and from every evil and from every false enemy, which the storm inflicts and deliver us from the cunning, Great Michael Archangels of the Lord, now and forever and ever. Amen.
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