Saint Michael the Archangel, who, in Scripture, fights Satan and his legions of evil, is one of the heavenly patrons of the Knights of Errantry.
Saint George, who, in tradition, killed several dragons, thereby saving villages from pillage, is the other heavenly patron of the Knights of Errantry.
May the Young Knights of Errantry embrace the values that these two heavenly patrons exemplify.
Saint George was a martyr under the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian (284-305 A. D.). One account states that he was born to Christian parents in what is now modern Turkey. Another account states that his father was held in great favor with the Emperor. In any case, George became an officer in the Imperial Army. He was considered, "a man of no mean origin, highly esteemed for his temporal dignitaries, and the epitome of chivalry.” In 303 A.D. Diocletian created an edict of persecution of Christians and all their property, openly placing and posting it for public inspection. With great zeal and fervor, George pronounced this a profane and wicked decree, and tore the edict to shreds. He then gave all his property to the poor and was the first to present himself to the emperor as a Christian. Due to this courageous and daring act he was thrown into prison where he stayed under terrible torture. It was said, "He preserved his mind, and stayed calm and serene throughout that time, until the moment the spirit fled." George was beheaded for his faith on 23rd April. 305 A.D. In the year 312, the Emperor Constantine made Christianity the religion of his empire. The allegorical story of St George killing the dragon at the city walls to save the princess, daughter of the King, represents the following. The King is Christ. The princess, daughter of Christ, is His Church. The Dragon breathing fire and brimstone is spoken of in Revelations, and represents the Devil. Within the city walls are fellow Christians, one by one being sacrificed as martyrs. By his martyrdom, Saint George was not defeated by Satan. He slew the dragons of tepidity, apathy, complacency, faint heartedness, hypocrisy, lack of fervor, lack of conviction, lack of zeal. Under torture, he would not give in to untruth nor submit to the author of all lies. His outstanding courage, chivalry, charity, joy, peace, patience, fortitude, dignity, faith, hope, and love are qualities desired by all people everywhere.
SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
But they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,
‘Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Messiah,*
for the accuser of our comrades* has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.
11But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
12Rejoice then, you heavens
and those who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to you
with great wrath,
because he knows that his time is short!’ (Revelations 12: 7-12)
Here is a prayer to Saint Michael:
Lord, we ask you to send St. Michael and all the host of heaven to battle against the forces of evil and death in our nation. We ask specifically that the moral degredation of our country be reversed and that we will enter a time of moral renewal. We ask that all human beings be respected and their lives protected by law, and that our nation's inhabitants will turn to you in purity, trust, selflessness, love and faith. With this intention in mind, we offer this prayer:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel by the painter Raphael.
I WILL SERVE
Lord, I will serve as a True and Chivalric Knight. By the power of Your Grace, I will defend the right to life for all people, born and unborn, help and protect the innocent who are violated, abused, and neglected, aid those in distress and despair, and comfort the afflicted.
EL DAR ES HONOR! (To Give Is Honor!)