What is the symbolism of the Archangel as our “corporate identity”?

Contrary to what it might suggest at first, the choice was not made due to a strong belief in Christianity. It was chosen because of the symbolic synchronicities the Archangel has for the company.

Archangel was created by a German operator named Michael, a former Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper),  who specialized in operational emergency medical support.

Below are descriptions from several sources that explain the symbolism, the parts that were most relevant to us are highlighted:

  • Under the influence of the widely read angelology of the Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, among Church fathers much time was spent allotting Michael a rank in the celestial hierarchy: Alfonso Salmeron, Cardinal Bellarmine, Saint Basil the Great’s homily (De Angelis) and other Greek fathers place Saint Michael over all the angels; they say he is called “Archangel” because he is the prince of the other angels.
  • In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with Saint George, became the patron saint of chivalry, and of the first chivalric order of France, the Order of Saint Michael of 1469. In the British honours system, a chivalric order founded in 1818 is also named for these two saints, the Order of St Michael and St George.
  • St Michael is also considered in many Christian circles as the patron saint of the warrior. Police officers and soldiers, particularly paratroopers, regard him as their patron.
  • In Germany, after its evangelization, Saint Michael replaced for the Christians the pagan god Wotan, to whom many mountains were sacred, hence the numerous mountain chapels of St. Michael all over Germany. He is also known as the patron saint of the German Nation. His picture bedecked the war standard of the old German Empire (the Holy Roman Empire).
  • Today, however, he is more usually associated with police officers, paramedics, EMTs and other emergency workers.
  • He is also claimed as the patron saint of the American airborne units.
  • In Australia, National Police Remembrance day is commemorated on September 29 each year, being the feast day of St Michael.
  • A favorite angelic subject in art, matched only by Saint Gabriel, Saint Michael is often depicted as winged and with unsheathed sword. As with all angels’ iconography, his wings represent swiftness, his sword means authority or power, and his white raiment stands for his enlightenment. His wings are generally conspicuous and very grand. He is usually shown holding in his hand a banner or the scales of justice.
  • Quite often he is seen, like Saint George and in some representations of the Madonna, in conflict with a dragon or standing upon a vanquished devil, who most of the time is Satan.

St. Michael patch

St. Michael patch