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The Hagiography of Saint Michel the Archangel

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Birth of Michel

Michel was born in the city of Oanylone as the fifth of ten children. His parents, Diane and Robin were hunters. Like many at that time, they served a man richer than themselves. Their Master, for that is how he was addressed, did not have any other goal in life than to acquire more lands and riches than he had use for.

This man, their master, was known by the name of Satan Sybarite. He had claimed ownership of all the land surrounding the city for two kilometres. Any who hunted on these lands or cultivated the ground were forced to give him half the fruits of their labour in payment. It was said that he did not sleep until the day had brought him good to fill two coffers, one with corn and the other with meat. He even sent his henchmen to collect even more from the unfortunate ones who lived on the edge of the city, in the land that he claimed.

Life of Michel

Michel grew up among the poor of Oanylone. From his father he learned the art of hunting and the handling of a lance. From his mother he learned how to follow the tracks left by animals that he flushed out. He also learned how to read the stars to find his way. Living with his nine brothers and sisters instilled in him the principles of sharing, and of love for others.

By the age of thirteen, Michel already had the breadth and strength of a full grown adult. He was the eldest of the boys in the family, thus it often fell to him to defend his brothers and sisters. And although he never injured anybody, he was feared and respected by others in the neighbourhood. After a time, Michel was asked to settle all disputes because it was said that he could see into the hearts of people.

When there was no proof to decide between two people, he deposited his lance on the head of one of the disputants. If the lance remained balanced, it showed that the person was telling the truth. If the lance did not remain balanced, it showed that the person had lied. However, after a time, Michel did not need his lance any longer. Simply announcing that the lance would be brought out was enough to make the culprit confess. Some said that Michel had a supernatural ability, but the wisest knew from where his ability came. However, in spite of his great wisdom, and his dexterity with the lance, he could not do anything against the henchmen of Master Satan Sybarite who was becoming increasingly greedy.

Michel’s father died on the day that he reached 20 years of age. Thus, Michel, as the eldest boy, became the patriarch of the family. It is at this period that he accepted a visit from his friend Timothy who came to ask for permission to wed Emmelia, his younger sister. In Oanylone, the priests had abandoned the people and dealt exclusively with the rich and notable in giving the favours of the Almighty. Michel thus undertook the task of organizing an engagement.

Many people attended the engagement and among them was Simplicious, one of the lieutenants of Master Sybarite. Simplicious fell under the charm of Emmelia. He returned the following day with his guards and ordered that she follow them and enter the service of Satan. Michel interposed and put the guard at bay and finally Simplicious was at his mercy. However, instead of killing him, Michel took a knife and launched it at him saying, “If your right eye attracts you toward what you are not intended to have, tear it out and burn it, because it is better that you should live without it than that you should attract the anger of God. The lieutenant withdrew without a word and returned to his master. On the following day he returned with a larger troop and stopped Michel and Timothy who were taken and locked up in the prison of Oanylone.

Destruction of Oanylone

The first day of their captivity was also the first of the seven days in which would occur the destruction of the first city of men. The lightning fell down on the wall of the prison allowing Michel and Timothy to flee the chaos. Michel gathered together as many people as he could. It was said that the punishment of the Creator was going to be terrible, but that the right ones would be able to live a new life far from the cursed city.

As Timothy was a fisherman, he proposed to meet at the harbour to flee by way of the lake. Michel helped those who deserved, by their faith in God, to embark by boat. As there remained places, he asked his friend to let any children who had taken refuge with them find place on the boat. Cowards wanting to flee the city, more for fear than to follow the will of God, tried to take the boat by force, but Michel interposed and allowed the ship to leave the city without delay.

While his friends travelled for safety, he alone stayed behind. During the next six days he saved those who could be saved. On the seventh day there still remained people to be saved but only a small boat. By a miracle two other boats appeared and Michel invited those who were pure of heart to go upon these ships. He seemed able to read by a person’s eyes whether or not their faith was real, and he sent away those that he considered worthy on the first boat, and those who fled by fear or to save their riches on the second. Seeing the two ships filled, Michel still refused to board, saying that God had a mission for him and that he felt his mission was to remain to save other friends. Arriving at the egress of the city, the first ship moved without encumbrance towards the open waters; however, the second, because it was heavy with gold was stopped short by the shallow waters. It disappeared with the city when the destroying high winds came up from the center of the Earth, causing the ground to fissure.

Some surviving, far from the city, told that at this time, while the rain fell despite the lack of clouds in the sky, an arc came down directly from the sun and fell on the city. Michel, chosen by God, was thus carried up by a celestial cloud and became one of the seven archangels.

First Appearance

The First Archangel's appearance is indeed the one that made him a warrior angel though he never spilled blood himself.

Some generations after the day of the judgement and death of Michel, two clans, descended directly from those whom Michel had protected, quarrelled because one group had built a temple to Michel. They even regarded Michel as an equal of God because he had saved them. The others regarded the sacrifice of Michel as an example and not as an act that makes a god out of a man.

The first group referred to Michel as Anubis, though the reasons for this name are not known. Perhaps it was the name of their clan, but no trace of it has been found to this day.

Inspired by the shadow, he who declared himself to be the Great Priest of Anubis saw his power grow. (For at that time Michel was known as Anubis, though we do not know the reason why, perhaps it was the name of his clan, but no trace of it has been found to this day). Claiming to receive his information directly form his god, the prelate named a new-born baby as the son of Anubis, and on his behalf, he took control for several years and razed the temple dedicated to Gad. He declared that since God had not known to protect his faithful ones, and that those there would become his slaves. To solidify his power and to erase the memory of the true God, he took the names of the archangels and made gods of them.

The head of the faithful beseeched God each day, and in spite of his sufferings, thanked Him for what they had. The Lord took pity on him and sent the archangel in person. St. Michel appeared in armour with a long lance and a broad shield. He was recognized by all while appearing at the top of the temple that had been built for him.

The large priest challenged him and said, “Anubis, finally you have come! Did you come to thank your faithful and reward us for having built such a temple for you?”

Michel answered, “No, I came to bring the word of hope from God for those who were not diverted from Him. Many are the communities of faithful who traverse the world while waiting for the arrival of the prophets who will join them together in love and friendship.

The large priest did not understand and he gave the order to his guards to prove their loyalty by massacring the faithful ones of the single god. Michel interposed himself and for two days pushed back the attackers without killing any of them and allowing the faithful to flee to other lands.

After the two days of engagement, the ones loyal to the large priest were either too tired or too wounded to continue. The saw wings emerging from the back of the archangel enabling him to reach the skies. The prelate made it known that it was not Anubis who had come, but an avenging god to punish them for having left the servants of the false single god live.

There is an alternative to this story claiming that the Archangel was at the head of an army of angels. Another that claims he armed the most extremely faithful ones. And still another that claims he did nothing but inspire the most valiant of the servants of God to carry out the revolt and guide the faithful through the desert. The main thing is the intervention of Michel and the will of God that made it possible for His children to flee towards a land that was safe.

The Legend of the Holy Mount Michel

The second appearance of the archangel takes place at a time when certain drunken barbarian gods had only taverns for temples and drinking bouts for a liturgy. At that time there was a community of faithful who were pursued by a barbarian with the name Saathan. He venerated a drunken god who required the sacrifice of children.

The community fleeing towards the North was trapped in a forest at the edge of the ocean. The patriarch of the community asked that they prepare themselves to sacrifice themselves in the ocean rather than fall into the hands of the barbarians. They then moved towards the point highest above the waters and prayed to God so that St. Michel might prepare for their arrival.

God, who cannot tolerate his children to put an end to their lives, let the patriarch know, via a celestial messenger, that it was not allowed for men to choose when they would meet their creator. God ordered that if they had faith in him, they would cut down large trees and make a palisade around the rock. Once made, they would have a great feast and light a fire upon the rock so that Saathan would know their position.

Thus it was done, and seven days later the palisade was finished and the fire was lit. In the morning, the troops of Saathan surrounded the rock and started to attack the fragile protection around it. Using stones and lances, the faithful ones prepared to fight since such was the will of God. However, in the place where the fire had been lit, an angel, dressed in armour, carrying a lance and shield, appeared. He did not say a word, but the faithful all know who he was.

Then Michel launched his weapon towards the horizon. The horizon itself seemed to rise up towards the skies and advance toward the rock like a wall of galloping horses. This wall carried away everything on its passage, but did not destroy the weak palisade. The flowing wall engulfed the troops of Saathan, and when the sea withdrew, it had made of the rock an island surrounded by quicksand that finished swallowing the army defeated by faith of the believers.

Translated by Mother Arynna, and released onto the English speaking faithful, March 1455.
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