According to Tradition, Archangel Michael is one of the Seven Archangels created on the first day of Creation along with the other heavenly powers. As prince of angels and leader of the heavenly hosts, he is also the intercessor on behalf of mankind before God and fighter of the Antichrist. In this icon, as a minister, he wears a deacons stole while, as a warrior angel, he dons a red cloak, which recalls that flame of fire from which God makes His ministers. He tramples the devil underfoot at the base of a flaming abyss. The rod in his right hand is both his weapon and sign of his leadership. He holds an orb with the emblem of a cross, indicating by Whose authority He ministers.