Slaying the Dragon

Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego, California

Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego, California

St. Michael is featured in many cemetery sculptures. Only the Archangel Michael, one of three angels mentioned by name in the Bible, is clothed in armor.  The sword he carries represents a cross but also a weapon in his war against the devil’s warriors.

Archangel Michael is a Christian soldier fighting Satan’s hordes.   Archangel Michael is often represented standing on a worm or a dragon.  In dramatic examples such as this one, St. Michael has plunged his sword into Satan’s mouth as he stands on the vanquished enemy.  Satan is depicted as a dragon.

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One Response to Slaying the Dragon

  1. Beautiful photos and interesting history as always.

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