Dear Brethren of Christ the King,
September moves us forward in the cycle of the year and gives us Feasts that mark the Fall.
Back in the time, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, because of its proximity to the Fall Equinox, joyfully marked the passing of summer and psychologically turned our faces to the years end and the wonderful celebrations of All Saints and All Souls Days (the Church’s memorial days if you will) and later, the Feast of Christ the King. Regretfully, a civil holiday has usurped this place in American experience, and that largely because the celebration of Michaelmas fell into obscurity.
The term ‘angel’ is not a kind of creature in heaven but means ‘messenger’ and describes a heavenly creature chosen to bear a message to man. The archangel Michael appears to Daniel, Gabriel appears to Mary, Raphael appears to Tobit. However, in the English world angel has become synonymous with ‘heavenly creature’. These spirit creatures of heaven are ministers of God and by God’s gracious ordaining attend many of the affairs of men.
CELEBRATION TONIGHT. Please bring for display any picture or statuary of angels that are meaningful to you.
Here are the details:
6:00 Potluck Dinner (bring something to share)
7:00 Communion Service
8:00 Dessert afterward (bring a dessert to share)
If this is all new to you, here are a couple of websites with information and traditions about St. Michael’s:
http://fullhomelydivinity.org – This is an interesting Anglican website. Follow the link at the top of the page for customs and traditions, then on the left side scroll down to the link for Michaelmas.
http://fisheaters.com – This is a Roman Catholic website. The following link will take you directly to the page on traditional Michaelmas customs: http://fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost10.html
Hope to see everyone there! And have a blessed Michaelmas.
O everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy angels always serve and worship thee in heaven, so by thy appointment they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Enjoy these pictures of the Holy Angel Michael.