St. Michael the Archangel, the Gargano shrine
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The Holy Mountain became also a stop along the Via Francigena, today called "Via Sacra Langobardorum", which passed through the Susa Valley, at the imposing "Sacra di San Michele", to reach Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. The same itinerary was followed by pilgrims from Northern Europe to reach Bari and Brindisi and from there set off to the Holy Land.
Michael, leader of the angels with Lucifer, when the latter led a rebellion to God, fought against the rebels and drove Lucifer and his hordes into the Underworld. The Archangel is honored in many Christian denominations (Anglican, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran) as well as in Islam and Judaism.
According to the legend, around the year 490 AD the Archangel Michael appeared several times to the Bishop of Siponto, asking that the Monte Sant'Angelo cave would be dedicated to Christian worship and promising protection of nearby Siponto from pagan invaders. These were the first apparitions of Michael recorded in Western Europe.
Another place of veneration of the Archangel Michael, with a similar story, is the French island of Mont Saint-Michel. Here, according to legend, the archangel Michael appeared in 709 in St. Hubert, Bishop of Avranches, asking that a church be built on the rock. The bishop, however, ignored the request twice until Michael burned his skull with the touch of his finger making a round hole, but left him alive. The skull of St. Hubert with the hole is preserved in the cathedral of Avranches.
86, cinque rampe
86 scalini che tra poco faremo tutti, e poi sulle porte ci sono delle parole dell'Arcangelo Michele, cosa dicono queste parole?
86, five flights
86 steps that we'll soon climb down all, and then above the doors are some words of the Archangel Michael, what do these words say?
Tra poco scenderemo nel cuore, come dice Enrico, nell'utero della terra, della madre terra, della madre terra dove c'è la grotta dell'Arcangelo.
Soon we'll go down into the heart, as Enrico says, into the womb of the earth, mother earth, of that mother earth where there is the cave of the Archangel.
e invece da quella parte è Roma...
Noi diciamo sempre ai pellegrini che vengono: Roma, le tombe di Pietro e Paolo, il martirio della Chiesa, San Michele, l'indulgenza angelica, "anghelos angelus", Gerusalemme la Terrasanta.
instead in that way there is Rome...
We always tell the pilgrims who come here: Rome, the tombs of Peter and Paul, the martyrdom of the Church, St. Michael, angelic indulgence "anghelos angelus", Jerusalem the Holy Land.
Queste sono le parole che Michele per volere di Dio comunica al vescovo Lorenzo nella chiesa di Siponto:
These are the words which Michele by God's will communicates to bishop Lorenzo in the church of Siponto:
Quindi, se ho capito bene qui è dove nascono le indulgenze...
Le indulgenze angeliche in questo caso.
So if I understand correctly here is where indulgences are born...
angelic Indulgences in this case.
e lo facciamo anche noi!
and we'll do that too !
istituisce tre giorni di preghiera e di penitenza non nella grotta, ma dove lui viveva, nella sua città, per capirne di più, per essere illuminato in qualche modo...
per avere una risposta da Dio.
establishes three days of prayer and penance not in the cave, but where he lived in his town, to learn more, to be enlightened in some way...
to get an answer from God
Michele, e quindi tu come chiesa cattolica romana devi celebrare l'eucaristia.
He did, Michael did.
Michael, and then you, as the Roman Catholic Church, must celebrate the Eucharist.