Written by: Denise Serafini on Wednesday, May 03, 2017On April 4th we had the honor of presenting our 2017 program at the parish of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Monroe, Michigan. What a magnificent church they have erected in his honor. The gold leaf used on the altars and statuary in the sanctuary is exceptional. How fitting it is to accentuate the entire church in gold as a tribute to St. Michael the Archangel when you consider that he isn't a saint, but an angel, and the leader of all angels in the heavenly army of God. Among the many roles St. Michael has as the warrior champion of Christians, he is also the special patron of the Chosen People of the Old Testament and guardian of the Church. The early Christians also revered him and depended on him as a significant intercessor for the sick. In Luke 22:41-43 we learn: "He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.'" An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” There is no reference that tells us exactly which angel was sent to help Jesus but I suspect that St. Michael might have been the one sent to help Jesus in his anguish, but even if not, I’m sure St. Michael would have had a stake in selecting just the right angel to Jesus in his role as Warrior for Our Salvation. In presenting the Relics of the Passion at St. Michael’s Church we made the acquaintance of many people, but two stand out.