Michael's Name Day

This year Michael's Name day is on 29th September 2018

Michael is derived from the Hebrew, 'Who is like the Lord?; Michael has a name day of 29th September and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This name is a truly ancient name from which numerous variations have been derived as shown below (NB The M or F in brackets are Male or Female orientated names)

Saint Michael, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Grocers
  • Supermarket staff
  • Soldiers
  • Radiologists
  • The dying

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Michael has the following symbols associated

  • A man in full armour and huge wings
  • Often carrying a shield and scales

Historically Famous Michaels

It may seem strange to venerate an archangel along with once-mortal saints, but although the feasts of Raphael and Gabriel were added during this century, Michael has always been a popular 'saint'. Very many churches are dedicated to him; especially those on hills, since a vision of him was seen on Monte Gargano in Italy, between 492 and 496. It is not only in the Christian calendar that Michael is so important: he is also honoured by Jews and Muslims as one of God's greatest angels and captain of the heavenly host, continually fighting the Devil (or his human representatives). The association of Michael with fighting comes from the verses in Revelation 12:7-9 about the great war in heaven, but he is also considered to be a special protector of the sick in the Eastern Orthodox Church. There is a tradition which says that Michael receives dying souls and weighs them in his scales; hence his patronage of grocers.

Other Names Day resources

Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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