September 29th - Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
Every September twenty-ninth, the Church invites her children to contemplate the mystery of those pure bodiless spirits whom we term 'angels' so that we may imitate their supreme loyalty to God, and one day join their company in the Court of Heaven.
The archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are singled out this die for their unique roles in salvation history. Michael, as Commander of the heavenly hosts, is often depicted in battle with the Red Dragon of Revelation 12. He is also invoked as the angel who offers incense in the Presence of God. Gabriel is always associated with announcements of unexpected births. Gabriel appears to Zechariah in the Temple to announce the conception of Saint John the Baptist. Six months later, Gabriel visits Our Lady to invite her to be the Mother of the Redeemer. Raphael figures prominently in the Book of Tobit and there he is charged with aiding travelers, newly-married couples and healing, both physical and spiritual.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
O glorious prince Saint Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,
guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits,
servant in the house of the Divine King
and our admirable conductor,
you who shine with excellence
and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil,
who turn to you with confidence
and enable us by your gracious protection
to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Amen.