A small round icon with a movable hoop at the top pictures a relief image of the Archangel Michael. The iconography is based on the Old Russian iconic image that was often used in fine plastic art of the 15th -16th centuries. He is depicted as the Archistrategist or Supreme Commander of the God’s army, in armour and with his bare sword raised.
Michael is the eldest and the most revered of the seven Archangels. His name means, “Who is like God?”. In prayers he is referred to as “protector and guardian of mankind”. In the Old Testament he is identified as protector of the Jewish nation, and in the New Testament he became a guardian angel of all Christians and an intermediary between God and his people.
Aspects of his ministry are broad and varied. He is revered as a healer and patron of sacred sources, guardian of the heavenly throne, guide of souls in the afterlife, patron of farmers and artisans. Yet Michael is best known for being and archstrategist. Archangel Michael is invoked in prayers for help in the war, for advocacy in the afterlife and on the Day of Judgement. He is a patron of the sick, merchants, soldiers and sailors.
The reverse side of the icon bears the words of the prayer for Archangel Michael in Church Slavonic: q всес™hй вели1кій міхаи1ле ґрхістрати1же! Не прeзри менE грёшнаго, молsщагосz тебЁ њ п0мощи и3 заступлeніи твоeмъ въ вёцэ сeмъ и3 въ бyдущемъ,..