The function of military guardian of the Church is not the only one assigned to St. Michael the Archangel. In the early Easter Church, the function of healer was in a special manner attributed to him. Tradition relates that in the earliest age, St. Michael caused a medicinal spring to spout at Chairotopa near Colossae, and all the sick who bathed there, invoking the Blessed Trinity and St. Michael were cured.
        Still more famous are the springs which St. Michael is said to have drawn from the rock at Collossae. The pagans directed a stream against the sanctuary of St. Michael to destroy it, but the Archangel split the rock by lightning to give a new bed to the stream and sanctified forever the waters which came from the gorge. At  Constantinople, likewise, St. Michael was the great heavenly physician, The Christians of Egypt placed their life-giving river, the Nile, under the protection of St. Michael.
      In Rome, churches were built and dedicated to St. Michael as far back as 494. During the pontificate of St. Gregory the Great, a terrible pestilence depopulated the city of Rome. The Pope ordered a penitential procession during which he himself carried a statue of the Blessed Virgin. Eighty persons died in the ranks of the procession itself. Still the Pope continued the prayers. When they arrived at the bridge crossing the Tiber, they heard the songs of angels in the skies. Suddenly above the castle of San Angelo, St, Michael appeared in gigantic size. In his right hand, he held a sword which he thrust into the scabbard
(sheath of the sword). At the same moment the pestilence ceased.
      Many other instances of a miraculous nature also illustrate the power of curing ills which he shares with St. Raphael, "The medicine of God." Though military captain of the church of God, St. Michael nevertheless, interests himself profoundly in all the great public happenings of his people, and particularly in the calamities befalling them, while he does not overlook their private petitions for aid under any circumstances. Let us therefore have recourse to him in times of sickness and if it is God's will that we should experience his help, he will most certainly come to our assistance bearing to us the healing graces of the Redeeming Blood.
      If in His merciful designs, our heavenly Father has decided to call us home, St. Michael continues his angelic ministration till he sees us sagely through the eternal portals. For not only during life does the glorious Archangel defend and protect souls, he is especially their advocate at the hour of death. "He assists at every deathbed" writes Dom Gueranger, "for his special office is to receive the souls of the elect, on their quitting the flesh." He, with loving solitude and princely bearing, presents them to the Light Eternal and introduces them into the House of God's glory.