Blessed Michaelmas!

29 09 2009

Today is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.  I remember one time being at Holy Cross Monastery on this day, where they celebrated the feast with a sung Eucharist and, oh yes, fantastic food and especially dessert!  The biggest treat though, was to hear almost a dozen monks singing a capella in harmony the hymn “Christ the Fair Glory.”  Here’s the first verse:

Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels

Maker of all things, ruler of the nations

Grant of thy mercy unto us thy servants

Steps up to heaven

Everything you ever wanted to know about angels can be found at the Mission of St. Clare, THE ultimate online source for all things in the Daily Office and the greater and lesser feast days.  I use it to say morning prayer (not out loud!) via blackberry on the way to work.  Here’s what the good mission has to say about St. Michael et al

On the Feast of Michael and all Angels, popularly called Michaelmas, we give thanks for the many ways in which God’s loving care watches over us, both directly and indirectly, and we are reminded that the richness and variety of God’s creation far exceeds our knowledge of it.

The Holy Scriptures often speak of created intelligences other than humans who worship God in heaven and act as His messengers and agents on earth. We are not told much about them, and it is not clear how much of what we are told is figurative. Jesus speaks of them as rejoicing over penitent sinners (Lk 15:10). Elsewhere, in a statement that has been variously understood (Mt 18:10), He warns against misleading a child, because their angels behold the face of God. (Acts 12:15 may refer to a related idea.)

You may read more here … and hopefully in the meantime I’ll figure out what happened with the font …

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3 responses

3 10 2009
frank clark

Okay, how does one say “morning prayer (not out loud!) via blackberry on the way to work” … I have to know!

8 07 2011
click here

OMG! This website is amazing.

19 09 2011
Leanne Ganger

Especially useful post thanks a lot for writing.

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