The Roman Catholic Church’s criteria
for ‘conferring sainthood’ rests upon intercession.
Intercession can be described as,
‘the predilection of disincarnate entities
to affect the incarnate world in a positive way’.
If enough people report a successful outcome
or outcomes from their prayers of supplication to such entities
a case can be made for ‘promotion’ to sainthood…
A history will be written, icons and relics will be manufactured,
more people will pray to the new saint and seek their graces…
This process, apparently, applies to both humans and angels
which gives us the seemingly incongruous phenomena –
Of which, St Michael is one…
All this is a far cry from the early scriptural tradition
which seemed loath to even name ‘God’s Messengers’.
Strange as this process might be it does suggest
that calling on the Archangels for help actually works!
This is easy to explain from the magical point of view:
engaging in this process manifests will
by giving intent an imaginative agency.
This is one use of symbology and the Renaissance paintings
of religious entities and other mythological subjects
are particularly efficacious in this regard
because they were conceived and executed during
a magical revival.
The mediaeval Book of Hours worked in a similar way
for the private devotions of the Aristocracy.
But, where on earth does St George fit in?