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Friday, September 28, 2007

In Preparation For The Feast Of St. Michael The Archangel


"At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people."

Tomorrow we celebrate Michaelmas, also known as the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Our family has a great devotion to St. Michael, most particularly due to the great devotion our young son, Michael Gabriel has shown since early childhood.

Michael is convinced that St. Michael is his personal Guardian Angel. He speaks with such conviction, that we don't question his belief.

Here's a little background on the Great Prince, St. Michael the Archangel:

SAINT MICHAEL—ARCHANGEL

Feast: September 29

St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael and St. Gabriel. St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New. The first reference occurs in the Book of Daniel (chapter x), where Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In Daniel xii, Michael is called "the great prince who standeth for the children of Thy people." In these references Michael is represented as Israel's great support during the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity. Daniel, wise and holy leader that he was, wanted his people to understand that God had not forgotten them, and that, even though enslaved, they had a royal champion. In the New Testament (Jude ix), we are told that Michael disputed with the devil over the body of Moses; this episode is not mentioned elsewhere in the Bible.

In the Apocalypse (chapter xii) we find the most dramatic reference to St. Michael. Here John recounts the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God, and how Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the hosts of evil and drives them out. In this role he has been painted by many artists, and the poet Milton, in book vi of , recounts the famous struggle. Because of this victory, St. Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, as well as among many theologians in the West, St Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim. He is the special patron of sick people, mariners, and grocers; in Asia Minor many curative springs were dedicated to him. His cult has also been popular in Egypt, Rome, France, and Germany. His emblems are a banner, a sword, a dragon, and scales. The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, "Who is like God?"

Saint Michael, Archangel. Scriptural Saint. Celebration of Feast Day is September 29.

Taken from "Lives of Saints", Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.

We are planning a family celebration and have found a few interesting recipes that would be served at a traditional Michaelmas celebration.

Check out Michaelmas Pie, St. Michael's Bannock, Michaelmas Broth and the ever so important Michaelmas Goose!

4 comments:

Raulito said...

My patron whose name I took upon entering the Catholic Church! I too, am convinced that he is mine and my family's guardian. God bless you for posting this!

Kimberly Wasson said...

God bless you, Raulito! I am sure that St. Michael has a great love for those who place themselves under his patronage. Happy Feast Day!

Fr. Joseph Bittle said...

Q: Where did you find the image that accompanies this post?

Kimberly Wasson said...

Father:

I have absolutely no idea! I only recall downloading the other two images...they are fairly common, popular images of St. Michael. The image with this post...I've tried to find its origin, and can't. Because it's appearance in my file was a bit "mysterious", I decided to use it with my first post on St. Michael, instead of the Raphael.

I keep a large file of downloaded "public domain" images, but have no idea where this one came from as it is simply listed as St. Michael jpg.

Any idea blogger friends?