Unlike most of the other saints, Saint Michael is actually an archangel. He is mentioned several times throughout the bible and is considered by all three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to be the leader of God’s army. He is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, police, sickness, and paratroopers; all of whom are perfect recipients for Saint Michael pendants. If you are looking for a unique gift for people in these professions or who may be suffering from an illness, then a Saint Michael medallion may bring them comfort. There are several prayers you can use to petition the saint based on your intentions.
Most of the information about Saint Michael comes from supplementary apocrypha for each of the three religions. The archangel is most famous for leading God’s army against Lucifer when the angel tried to rise up against him. He is considered the patron saint of chivalry as well because he fought against Lucifer without being asked to do so by God. In fact, Michael’s personality throughout the bible and auxiliary texts can be described as someone who stands up for others which is why Saint Michael pendants are good for people who make their living doing the same, like police officers.
Depictions of Saint Michael often have him holding a sword and ready to do battle. However, Michael is also recognized as something of a big brother to humanity. According to the rabbinic traditions, Michael was the first angel to bow down before Adam. He also watched over Adam and Eve after they were expelled from the Garden of Eden and taught Adam how to farm the land for food. When Adam died, he convinced God to let his soul come to heaven. This may partly be why Saint Michael pendants are so popular.
Saint Michael is also recognized as a healer and is associated with several healing springs which he supposedly drew from surrounding rock formations. He also saved one of his temples from being destroyed by a stream by diverting it so that it passed around the building and sanctifying the waters in the process. His has several days of feast including November 21, May 8, and Michaelmas which is September 29. If you know people who put themselves on the line for others, then Saint Michael pendants is a good gift to give them as a way of expressing your gratitude for their sacrifice.