Icon of the Archangel Michael

Icon of the Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael, the head of the heavenly host and the closest angel to God, is often depicted on Orthodox icons in the garb of a warrior, in a chiton and cloak. His image may also include metal armor and a scarlet cape, similar to a Roman general. St. Michael’s clothing plays an important role in interpreting his image. The archangel’s head is often covered with a blindfold, which indicates his ability to hear the Lord’s command. The attributes it holds also have their own symbolic meaning. The mirror symbolizes divine power, the power reflects power, and the fiery sword — the struggle for justice. In the images of the Archangel Michael, you can find both his full-length icon and belt images.

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