Sword and Alpha and Omega Door Handles - St. Michael - Bechhofen, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member dreamhummie
N 49° 20.864 E 007° 24.628
32U E 384551 N 5467327
Quick Description: Sword and Alpha and Omega Door handles at the entrance of St. Michael Church located at Rosenkopfer Straße 5 in Bechhofen, Germany.
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Date Posted: 1/3/2021 4:08:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM13KWR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
Views: 3

Long Description:
On the left door:
Archangel Michael with sword.
The door handle is incorporated in the sword.

On the right door:
A book (Book of Revelation) with the Alpha and Omega symbols.

Both the door and the door handles are made of bronze.

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Saint St. Michael

Archangel Michael

Michael is the best known among the angels. Archangel Michael (St. Michael) appears in both the Old and New Testaments and also in the Koran. That is why Michael has a sacred meaning for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
In the book Daniel 10: 13 this Archangel is described as "the most important of the princes and the protector of pious Israel".
Michael is the patron of the bearers of arms, and because of his scales also those of the bakers, the weighmasters and the pharmacists and further of the ambulances, the artists, the bankers, the dying, the grocers, the paramedics, the sick, the poor, the swordsmiths, the horsemen, the soldiers, the policemen, the hatters, the tinsmiths, the pewterers, the cartwrights, the radio mechanics, the cutters, the glaziers, the stonemasons and the painters.

Michael is depicted as an angel (man with wings) in knight's outfit, often with helmet, (flaming) sword, lance and shield; often he pierces the dragon under him with his lance or spear. On other occasions he can be seen with a scale on which he weighs the souls.

The Archangel Michael can be summoned for all matters relating to career, sport, personal finances, ambition, bureaucracy, official affairs and the health of the physical body. Like Raphael, he is a healing angel.

The name Michael means: Who is like God
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Alpha and Omega:

Alpha and Omega, in Christianity, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, used to designate the comprehensiveness of God, implying that God includes all that can be. In the New Testament Revelation to John, the term is used as the self-designation of God and of Christ. The reference in Revelation likely had a Jewish origin, based on such Old Testament passages as Isa. 44:6 (“I am the first and the last”), and Ps. 90:2 (“from everlasting to everlasting thou art God”). In rabbinic literature, the word emet (“truth”), composed of the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, is “the seal of God,” and in Judaic tradition it carries somewhat the same connotation as Alpha and Omega.
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