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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

The Knights of St. Michael

(Pilgrimage of the Two Hearts through Mary's Ark of Salvation)

The Knights of St. Michael is a spiritual movement composed of men and women who dedicate their lives to works of charity and mercy in the pursuit of holiness as a way of life ("You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy" – Lev 19,2). Firmly anchored on the pillars of the Eucharist, the maternal guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patronage of St. Michael the Archangel, members strive for holiness so they can model their lives in Christian perfection founded on the Beatitudes.

This spiritual movement promotes the attainment of holiness through a life of virtues based on the salutations of the nine choirs of angels found in the Chaplet of St. Michael. The Knights of St. Michael is open to anyone who desires to live a deeper spiritual life, is loyal and faithful to the Teachings of the Catholic Faith and actively supports our Church leaders in union with the Holy Father in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

HISTORY

"For who is like God?" – St. Michael the Archangel

The spiritual movement comprises of many faithful members of the Catholic community associated with the St. Michael Center for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Catholic lay apostolate based in Honolulu Hawaii, along with other representative chapters throughout the country. The apostolate since 1994 has actively promoted the Catholic Faith through various evangelization efforts including broadcasting, direct mail, publishing, prayer and parish events, conferences and teaching seminars. The faithful and active members since 1994 of the St. Michael Center formed the initial core group of the Knights of St. Michael.

All are Invited

Members must have the basic understanding of the Catholic faith and their fervent practice of it forms a spirituality that is deeply rooted in a life of holiness which is the greatest of all virtues. Holiness is the source of all good works and leads to higher forms of contemplation for a deeper understanding of God's Will for each of us.

Requirements:

To live a holy life and to receive spiritual formation are core requirements of those who are called to the spiritual army of St. Michael. All Catholics are invited and encouraged to become a member of this spiritual movement so they can become holy witnesses to the Truths of the Catholic Faith. They shall bring the Gospel to their own communities and become the light of the world amidst a world filled with untruths, errors and moral disorder.

PILGRIMAGE OF THE TWO HEARTS through MARY'S ARK OF SALVATION

All members of the Knights of St. Michael movement honor Mary with the title "Mary's Ark of Salvation" and have a special devotion to the Two Hearts. This title is inspired by the famous vision of St. John Bosco, when in 1862, he saw a great flagship representing the Catholic Church with the Holy Father at the helm. Besieged by enemy fire and in the midst of a great sea battle, victory was obtained when the ship anchored onto two great pillars on the ocean: on top of the left pillar, was the Holy Eucharist and on the other pillar, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

THE MISSION

The Knights of St. Michael, therefore, seek to win souls for God by first, living a life of holiness and second, by being on a Pilgrimage to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary under Our Lady's heavenly vessel "Ark of Salvation" anchoring onto the great pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bearing the shield and sword of St. Michael, the Knights are soldiers whose battle cry is to fight evil with holiness, to suffer in silence and to become the Army of Light, through devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, encouraging all Catholics to carry the Cross and their rosary. The spiritual movement is closely associated, in their spiritual formation, with the lay community of Pilgrimage of the Two Hearts, a Catholic lay association of the Missionaries of Love and Peace of the Most Blessed Trinity headquartered in the Archdiocese of Melbourne Australia.

PATRON SAINTS

There are over 40 saints who watch, guide and protect the Knights of St. Michael. They serve as role models for all those who wish to become a member and to honor St Michael as a true soldier of God.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

"Put on the armor of God"

As a Knight of St. Michael, one strives to understand and live a life of holiness based on the nine salutations of the choir of angels. The salutations call upon each Knight to progress toward a higher nature of Christian perfection by embracing many important holy virtues and rejecting evil and sin. Each choir of angels helps us attain that degree of perfection, as if they were leading us up a ladder toward Heaven. The practice of these holy virtues echoes the nine salutations, honoring the nine choirs of angels. Thus, to become a Knight of St. Michael is to follow the ancient battle cry: "Put on the Armor of God" (Ephesians 6).

ARE YOU A SOLIDER OF CHRIST ?

To become a Knight of St Michael members strive to learn and live their faith to attain the virtues as outlined in the Chaplet of St Michael in the 9 salutations in honor of the 9 choir of angels.

SALUTATION TO THE CHOIR OF SERAPHIM - CHARITY

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.

Consumed by the fire of love for God and neighbor, the Knights respond to the call of perfect charity by their complete surrender to Jesus. They are often subjected to spiritual trials that form their souls and burn them in the furnace of love, manifesting in them the sweet odors of obedience, patience and humility. These Knights, in their work for St. Michael Center experience signal graces that are special only to them. These graces take many forms; however, the Knight must discern whether these graces direct them toward holiness and thus must be willing to submit themselves to spiritual counseling and obedience to legitimate Church authorities.

SALUTATION TO THE CHOIR OF CHERUBIM – CHRISTIAN PERFECTION

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.

Leaving the ways of sin and pursuing the paths of holiness, the Knights accept their daily crosses and learn to love them by uniting them with the sufferings of Christ. Bearing their crosses silently, they regard their suffering as a gift from God to increase in virtue and for the expiation of their sins and the sins of the whole world.

SALUTATION TO THE CHOIR OF THRONES - HUMILITY

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.

The Knights are called to imitate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to be meek and humble of heart. Their great love of God causes them to have a true and sincere expression of goodness by seeing the malice of their own faults and sins in a clearer light, using this to glorify God. The grace of humility leads them to perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy . Moved by the Holy Spirit, they bring God's Mercy to all, especially to the lost and downtrodden.

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APRIL 1
ST. HUGH OF GRENOBLE

St. Hugh was born in 1052 in France. He grew up to be tall and handsome, gentle and courteous. Read More »

APRIL 2
ST. FRANCIS OF PAOLA

St. Francis was born in the tiny village of Paola, Italy, around 1416. His parents were poor but humble.. Read More »

APRIL 3
ST. RICHARD OF CHICHESTER

St. Richard was born in England in 1197. He and his brother became orphans when Richard was very young. Read More »

APRIL 4
ST. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE

This saint was born in 556. Isidore's two older brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, became bishops and.. Read More »

APRIL 5
ST. VINCENT FERRER

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APRIL 6
BLESSED NOTKER

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APRIL 7
ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE

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APRIL 8
ST. JULIE BILLIART

Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in Belgium in 1751. Her uncle, the village school teacher, taught her to read and write. Read More »

APRIL 9
ST. WALDETRUDIS

Waldetrudis was born in Belgium in the seventh century. Her mother, her father and her sister have all been declared saints. Read More »

APRIL 10
BLESSED ANTHONY NEYROT

Anthony was born in northern Italy in the fifteenth century. He joined the Dominican order in Florence, Italy. The prior at that time was another saint.. Read More »

APRIL 11
ST. STANISLAUS

St. Stanislaus was born near Cracow, Poland, in 1030. His parents had prayed for thirty years for a child. Read More »

APRIL 12
ST. JOSEPH MOSCATI

His brother's death made a deep impression on Joseph. He asked Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary for.. Read More »

APRIL 13
ST. MARTIN

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APRIL 14
BLESSED LIDWINA

The name Lidwina means "suffering." Lidwina was from Holland. She was born in 1380 and died in 1433. Read More »

APRIL 15
BLESSED DAMIEN OF MOLOKAI

Joseph "Jeff" de Veuster was born in 1840, the son of Belgian farmers. He and his brother, Pamphile, joined the congregation of the Sacred Hearts. Read More »

APRIL 16
ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE

This French saint, born in 1748, led a most unusual life. He was the son of a store owner and was taught by his uncle, a priest. Read More »

APRIL 17
ST. STEPHEN HARDING

Stephen was a young Englishman who lived in the twelfth century. He was a good student who liked to learn. Read More »

APRIL 18
BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION

Barbara was born in France in 1566. She was married to Peter Acarie when she was seventeen. She and her husband loved their Catholic faith and.. Read More »

APRIL 19
BLESSED JAMES DUCKETT

James Duckett was an Englishman who lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As a young man he became an apprentice printer in London. Read More »

APRIL 20
ST. AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO

This saint was born near the city of Monte pulciano, Italy, in 1268. When she was just nine years old, she begged her mother and father to let her live at the nearby convent. Read More »

APRIL 21
ST. ANSELM

Anselm was born in northern Italy in 1033. From his home he could see the Alps mountains. Read More »

APRIL 22
ST. SOTER AND ST. CAIUS

St. Soter was pope long ago in the times of the Roman emperors. He was a real father to all Christians. Read More »

APRIL 23
ST. GEORGE

Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for.. Read More »

APRIL 24
ST. FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN

This saint's name was Mark Rey. He was born in Germany in 1578. Mark went to the famous University of Freigburg to become a lawyer. Read More »

APRIL 25
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

Mark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not among the original twelve apostles, he was a relative of St. Barnabas, an apostle. Read More »

APRIL 26
ST. RADBERTUS

This saint lived in ninth-century France. No one knows who his parents were. They left their newborn infant on the doorstep of Notre-Dame convent. Read More »

APRIL 27
ST. ZITA

Zita is known as the patron saint of domestic workers. She was born in the village of Monte Sagrati.. Read More »

APRIL 28
ST. PETER CHANEL

St. Peter Chanel was born near Belley, France, in 1803. From the time he was seven, he took care of.. Read More »

APRIL 29
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA

Born in 1347, this well-known saint is the patroness of Italy, her country. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children. Read More »

APRIL 30
ST. PIUS V

This holy pope was born in Italy in 1504. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri. He wanted to become a priest, but it seemed as though his dream would never come true. Read More »

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