«Archangel Michael on the Bell»

Silver Gold Diamond Sapphire Emerald Lapis Lazuli Sculpture


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Our world is delicate and defenseless as a graceful figurine of silver. Being excellent, varicolored, playing in cosmic nebulosity, shining with brilliant purity of rivers, lakes and glaciers, with high mountains and rocky gorges, with emerald forests and broad plains, with bright sapphires of mysterious marine depths, with golden hot deserts and the endless wheat fields, with lazurites of transparent celestial surfaces, he looks perfect and harmonious. And the Creator admires him, as if he is his most favorite masterpiece. And the best of angels, the head of the Lord's host, the holy archangel Michael is appointed for protection.

Slim face, elegant stalk, slight movements and graceful gestures of the divine protector. As if the divine dome, his light coat is the river to heaven, and light beautiful wings are wide-spread, and with his accurate movement of the twinkling diamond spear he strikes the darkness and evil forces that dare to make an attempt on the creation of God. The bell of silver will be the harbinger of victory with its pure toll, and the earthly tolling bells will echo in the celestial spheres. Strict and majestic is the prayer to Archstrategos Michael, to fearsome voivode, molded in silver of the bell: "O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence  and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence  and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day."

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