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29 September, 2016


Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel

29 September, 2016


The Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo sul Gargano, sometimes called simply Monte Gargano, is a Catholic sanctuary on Mount Gargano, Italy, part of the commune of Monte Sant’Angelo, in the province of Foggia – here the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared in 490, 492 and 1656.

St. Michael the Archangel first appeared at Monte Sant’Angelo in 490. According to tradition, it all started when a local nobleman named Elvio Emmanuele lost the best bull of his herd. After much searching, he found it kneeling in a cave. Unable to approach it, Elvio shot the bull with an arrow, but the arrow turned around and struck the man instead.

Bewildered (and presumably bleeding), Elvio went to see his bishop, who ordered three days of prayer and fasting. At the end of the three days, St. Michael the Archangel appeared to the bishop.

The bishop, however, began to worry about his own sanity and dismissed the vision. Two years later, the Christian city of Siponto, part of the bishop’s diocese, came under attack by the pagan city of Odoacre. Again St. Michael appeared to the bishop, this time promising to save the city of Siponto. Immediately, a violent storm engulfed Odoacre, saving the Christian city. In thanksgiving, the bishop led a procession to the top of the mountain but did not dare to enter the cave.

Soon, Michael appeared to the bishop a third time, ordering him to enter the cave.

The bishop then entered the grotto, where he found an altar covered with a red cloth, a crystal cross, and a footprint on the ground. The bishop thereupon commissioned a chapel to built at the entrance to the cave and did not consecrate it because Michael had already done so. The church came to be known as the Celestial Basilica.

St. Michael made another appearance here in 1656 during a great plague. The local bishop invoked St. Michael for protection, and the archangel appeared to him. The plague then ceased, and the mountain shrine became more popular than ever.

The sanctuary has been a popular place of pilgrimage for many centuries: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Gerard Majella, St. William of Vercelli, St. Paul of the Cross and six popes have made the pilgrimage here to ask for St. Michael’s protection.

Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

29 September, 2016

29 September – Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Read article: Five Magnificant Shrines to St. Michael

Read article: Pope Francis and St. Michael the Archangel


O God, who dispose in marvellous order ministries both angelic and human, graciously grant that our life on earth may be defended by those who watch over us as they minister perpetually to you in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


“Since the early days of the Church, the archangel has been venerated as the defender of God’s rights, helping Christians to be steadfast in their fidelity to God in times of trial. When living in the diocese of Troia, Paul of the Cross together with his brother John Baptist, visited the shrine of St. Michael the Archangel on Monte Gargano. His very special devotion to the archangel Michael increased during the building of the first retreat. A person under his spiritual direction told him how he saw “the glorious St. Michael, with sword unsheathed, surveying the walls of the retreat in an attitude of defending the Lord’s little flock”. In memory of this apparition an altar was erected in the first church to honour the archangel. The second retreat of the Passionist Congregation was dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, and his image was displayed in all the retreats.”

“The Passionist General Chapter of 1775 determined that, after Our Lady, ‘the most glorious archangel Michael’ be held as the chief patron of the Congregation.”

– History of the Passionists, Volume 1, Fr. Fabiano Giorgini, C.P., p. 325-6



St. Michael defends the People of God from its enemy par excellence, the devil. (Pope Francis)