This 15th century Russian icon of the Archangel Michael was originally on the top row of an iconostasis, or altar icon screen, from Novgorod. The Deisis represents the Lord with His Holy Saints and Angels supplicating towards Him in these matching icons?J27: Christ Enthroned, with T36: Theotokos Supplicating, and S162: St. Peter, (all standing on Christ’s right hand), and S133: St. John the Baptist, S120: The Archangel Gabriel, and S160: St. Paul (all standing on Christ’s left). Their hands are outstretched and their heads are bowed towards Christ sitting on the Throne of His Kingdom which will never end.
The Archangel Michael, is considered the chief and leader of the Bodiless Hosts. When Lucifer, a most beautiful archangel, fell in love with his distorted image of himself, he was challenged by St. Michael, who spoke the meaning of his name, “Who is as God?” Lucifer had become Satan, who fell like lightning from Heaven into the Hell of self-love trying to get others to love him more than God. Our holy Archangel Michael is a great intercessor for us. May we ask for his prayers to bring us to Heaven.