St. Michael and All Angels

Today is a Feast Day in honor of Saint Michael and All Angels.  It is known as Michaelmas (Michael’s Mass) in some circles.  Michael happens to be the saint I was named after, but I doubt that my parents ever really considered that. They were from religious traditions that did not put a whole lot of stock in saints and the like. Michael just happened to be the most popular name of that time period.

Here is an excellent article on Michael and All Angles at the Mission of St. Clare.  An excerpt:

Michael (the name means “Who is like God?”) is said to be the captain of the heavenly armies. He is mentioned in the Scriptures in Daniel 10:13,31; 12:1 (where he is said to be the prince of the people of Israel); in Jude 9 (where he is said to have disputed with the devil about the body of Moses); and in Revelation 12:7 (where he is said to have led the heavenly armies against those of the great dragon). He is generally pictured in full armor, carrying a lance, and with his foot on the neck of a dragon. (Pictures of the Martyr George are often similar, but only Michael has wings.)

Scriptures for the Day:

Genesis 28:10-17 
Revelation 12:7-12 
John 1:47-51 
Psalm 103 or 103:19-22 

Collect for the Day:

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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