Monday, September 29, 2008

The Proper of the Day: St. Michael and All Angels

On this Major Feast we commemorate St. Michael and all the Angels. St. Michael is one of the Archangels, angels who are named specifically in the Bible. Angelos is the Greek word meaning "messenger," and so it is that so often God sent angels to deal directly with mere mortals. Of course, today's second lesson at Morning Prayer speaks about how Jesus is so much more exalted than the angels, and since he is also fully human, by implication so are we!

I know there was that whole angels kick going on for a while - wasn't there even a TV show "Touched by an Angel" or something? And Michael Landon played an angel - maybe it was the same show, but I'm too lazy to look it up on the Internet Movie Database.

Still, angels are kinda cool. Extra kudos for the first person to list the three other named angels in the Bible. (Hint: two of them are in the deuterocanonical books only.) And can you name the orders of angels? We often mention them on All Saints' Day. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, who have the angels been in your life, those who have anounced Good News to you in one way or another?

Here's some music for the day while you're working on your research, courtesy of the most excellent Chantblog's entry for today:

Everlasting God, who 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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