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SCALES

Emblem of St. Michael invoked as the patron of all who use scales in their business, because he is considered the one who carries out the decision on each person's eternal destiny on the Day of Judgment. The angelic choir of thrones have a similar symbol, based on the text "you have upheld the justice of my cause from the Thrones where you sit as righteous judge" (Psalm 9:4).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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