Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
O Supreme Leaders of the heavenly armies, * we, who are unworthy, ever beseech you, * that by your prayers you may protect us * with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, * watching over us, who fervently fall down and cry out: * “Deliver us from perils, * for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!” (Troparion, Tone 4)
O Supreme Leaders of the armies of God, * and ministers of the divine glory, * princes of angels and guides of men * ask for what is expedient for us, and for great mercy, * for you are the the Supreme Leaders of the Bodiless hosts. (Kontakion, Tone 2)
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Adam, God's first-formed man,
transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him?
But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him
out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there;
but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he
had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he
might afterwards be saved by repentance.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)