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Thought for the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Thought for the Day – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

We are celebrating the Feast of the three Archangels who are mentioned by name in Scripture: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.   But what is an Angel?   Sacred Scripture and the Church’s tradition enable us to discern two aspects.

On the one hand, the Angel is a creature who stands before God, oriented to God with his whole being.   All three names of the Archangels end with the word “El”, which means “God”.   God is inscribed in their names, in their nature.
Their true nature is existing in His sight and for Him.   In this very way the second aspect that characterizes Angels is also explained:  they are God’s messengers.   They bring God to men, they open heaven and thus open earth.  Precisely because they are with God, they can also be very close to man.

Like an angel to others
Indeed, God is closer to each one of us than we ourselves are.   The Angels speak to man of what constitutes his true being, of what in his life is so often concealed and buried. They bring him back to himself, touching him on God’s behalf.   In this sense, we human beings must also always return to being angels to one another – angels who turn people away from erroneous ways and direct them always, ever anew, to God.
If the ancient Church called Bishops “Angels” of their Church, she meant precisely this: Bishops themselves must be men of God, they must live oriented to God. “Multum orat pro populo” – “Let them say many prayers for the people”, the Breviary of the Church says of holy Bishops.   The Bishop must be a man of prayer, one who intercedes with God for human beings.   The more he does so, the more he also understands the people who are entrusted to him and can become an angel for them – a messenger of God who helps them to find their true nature by themselves, and to live the idea that God has of them.

St Michael:  making a space for God in the world
All this becomes even clearer if we now look at the figures of the three Archangels whose Feast the Church is celebrating today.  First of all there is Michael.   We find him in Sacred Scripture above all in the Book of Daniel, in the Letter of the Apostle St Jude Thaddeus and in the Book of Revelation.

Two of this Archangel’s roles become obvious in these texts.   He defends the cause of God’s oneness against the presumption of the dragon, the “ancient serpent”, as John calls it.   The serpent’s continuous effort is to make men believe that God must disappear so that they themselves may become important;   that God impedes our freedom and, therefore, that we must rid ourselves of him.

However, the dragon does not only accuse God.   The Book of Revelation also calls it “the accuser of our brethren…, who accuses them day and night before our God” (12: 10). Those who cast God aside do not make man great but divest him of his dignity.   Man then becomes a failed product of evolution.   Those who accuse God also accuse man. Faith in God defends man in all his frailty and short-comings:  God’s brightness shines on every individual.   It is the duty of the Bishop and of every christian, as a man of God, to make room in the world for God, to counter the denials of Him and thus to defend man’s greatness.   And what more could one say and think about man than the fact that God Himself was made man?   Michael’s other role, according to Scripture, is that of protector of the People of God (cf. Dn 10: 21; 12: 1).
Dear friends, be true “guardian angels” of the Church which will be entrusted to you! Help the People of God whom you must lead in its pilgrimage to find the joy of faith and to learn to discern the spirits: to accept good and reject evil, to remain and increasingly to become, by virtue of the hope of faith, people who love in communion with God-Love.

St Gabriel: God who calls
We meet the Archangel Gabriel especially in the precious account of the annunciation to Mary of the Incarnation of God, as Luke tells it to us (1: 26-38).   Gabriel is the messenger of God’s Incarnation.   He knocks at Mary’s door and, through him, God himself asks Mary for her “yes” to the proposal to become the Mother of the Redeemer, of giving her human flesh to the eternal Word of God, to the Son of God.   The Lord knocks again and again at the door of the human heart.   In the Book of Revelation He says to the “angel” of the Church of Laodicea and, through him, to the people of all times:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (3: 20).   The Lord is at the door – at the door of the world and at the door of every individual heart.   He knocks to be let in, the Incarnation of God, His taking flesh, must continue until the end of time.  All must be reunited in Christ in one body –  the great hymns on Christ in the Letters to the Ephesians and to the Colossians tell us this. Christ knocks.   Today too He needs people who, so to speak, make their own flesh available to Him, give Him the matter of the world and of their lives, thus serving the unification between God and the world, until the reconciliation of the universe.   Dear friends, it is your task to knock at people’s hearts in Christ’s Name.   By entering into union with Christ yourselves, you will also be able to assume Gabriel’s role: to bring Christ’s call to men.

St Raphael: recovering sight
St Raphael is presented to us, above all in the Book of Tobit, as the Angel to whom is entrusted the task of healing.   When Jesus sends His disciples out on a mission, the task of proclaiming the Gospel is always linked with that of healing.   The Good Samaritan, in accepting and healing the injured person lying by the wayside, becomes without words a witness of God’s love.   We are all this injured man, in need of being healed.   Proclaiming the Gospel itself already means healing in itself, because man is in need of truth and love above all things.

The Book of Tobit refers to two of the Archangel Raphael’s emblematic tasks of healing. He heals the disturbed communion between a man and a woman.  He heals their love. He drives out the demons who over and over again exhaust and destroy their love.   He purifies the atmosphere between the two and gives them the ability to accept each other for ever.   In Tobit’s account, this healing is recounted with legendary images.

In the New Testament, the order of marriage established in creation and threatened in many ways by sin, is healed through Christ’s acceptance of it in His redeeming love.   He makes marriage a sacrament:  His love, put on a cross for us, is the healing power which in all forms of chaos offers the capacity for reconciliation, purifies the atmosphere and mends the wounds.   The priest is entrusted with the task of leading men and women ever anew to the reconciling power of Christ’s love.  He must be the healing “angel” who helps them to anchor their love to the sacrament and to live it with an ever renewed commitment based upon it.

Secondly, the Book of Tobit speaks of the healing of sightless eyes. We all know how threatened we are today by blindness to God.   How great is the danger that with all we know of material things and can do with them, we become blind to God’s light.   Healing this blindness through the message of faith and the witness of love is Raphael’s service, entrusted day after day to the priest and in a special way to the Bishop.   Thus, we are prompted spontaneously also to think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of Penance which in the deepest sense of the word is a sacrament of healing.   The real wound in the soul, in fact, the reason for all our other injuries, is sin.   And only if forgiveness exists, by virtue of God’s power, by virtue of Christ’s love, can we be healed, can we be redeemed.

“Abide in my love”, the Lord says to us today in the Gospel (Jn 15: 9).   At the moment of your Episcopal Ordination he says so particularly to you, dear friends.   Abide in His love!   Abide in that friendship with Him, full of love, which He is giving you anew at this moment!   Then your lives will bear fruit, fruit that abides (cf. Jn 15: 16).   Let us all pray for you at this time, dear Brothers, so that this may be granted to you. Amen.

Benedict XVI, fragments of a homily (to Bishops) given on September 29, 2007

Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, pray for us!

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Quote of the Day – 29 September – – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Quote of the Day – 29 September – – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

St Gregory the Great teaches us about the Archangels and why they are distinct from angels.

You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature.
Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits.
They can only be called angels when they deliver some message.

Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels;  and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.   And so it was that not merely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary.   It was only fitting that the highest angel should come to announce the greatest of all should be aware - st gregory the great - 29 sept 2017

Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform.   In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily be known.   But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them but rather to denote their ministry when they came among us.   Thus, Michael means “Who is like God”  Gabriel is “The Strength of God” and Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”

Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power.   So also our ancient foe desired in his pride to be like God, saying:  I will ascend into heaven;  I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven;  I will be like the Most High.   He will be allowed to remain in power until the end of the world when he will be destroyed in the final punishment.   Then, he will fight with the archangel Michael, as we are told by John:   A battle was fought with Michael the archangel.

So too Gabriel, who is called God’s strength, was sent to Mary.   He came to announce the One who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers.   Thus God’s strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenly powers, mighty in battle.   [Luke 1:11-38]

Raphael means, as I have said, God’s remedy, for when he touched Tobit’s eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness.   Thus, since he is to heal, he is rightly called God’s remedy.

This post on the archangels is an excerpt from a homily on the Gospels (Hom. 32, 8-9: PL 76, 1250-1251) by St Gregory the Great is used in the Roman Catholic Office of Readings for the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael today.

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One Minute Reflection – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

One Minute Reflection – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee name Nazareth, to a virgin ….Luke 1:26-27

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REFLECTION – Angels take different earthly forms at the bidding of their master, God.
They thus reveal themselves to human beings and unveil the Divine Mysteries to them……St John Damasceneangels take different forms - st john damascene - 29 sept 2017

PRAYER – God of all Wisdom, You direct the ministry of angels and of human beings. Grant that the angels who always minister to You in heaven may defend us during our life on earth and protect us from evil.   Grant this, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.   Amenholy archangels - pray for us

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Our Morning Offering – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Our Morning Offering – 29 September – The Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Morning Hymn from the Breviary

Angels of God, you see the Father’s Face,
sharing His splendour, clothed in fire and flame,
worshipping Him, the terrible and great,
singing forever – Holy is His Name!

Angels you sang when Christ ame down to earth
gave Him your comfort in the hour of dread,
solaced His spirit, anguished and alone,
shouted His triumph, risen from the dead.

Angels, archangels, when He comes again,
compassed in glory, fearful in His might,
open for Him the King’s eternal gates –
then will He lead His faithful into light.

When to the Father, Son and Spirit blest,
angels and men united worship bring,
from all creation, from the world unseen,
up to the Godhead, perfect praise will spring.breviary morning hymn - 3 archangels - 29 sept 2017

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Saints of the Day – Feast of The Three Archangels – 29 September

Saints of the Day – Feast of The Three Archangels – 29 Septemberarcangeli

The liturgy celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church.   Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God.   He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil.   Gabriel (Strength of God) announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist and to Mary, the birth of Jesus.   His greeting to the Virgin, “Hail, full of grace,” is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people.   Raphael (Medicine of God) is the archangel who took care of Tobias on his journey.archangels

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, “[T]he existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith.   The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.”feast of three archangels

Angels are pure, created spirits.   The name angel means servant or messenger of God. Angels are celestial or heavenly beings, on a higher order than human beings.   Angels have no bodies and do not depend on matter for their existence or activity.   They are distinct from saints, which men can become.   Angels have intellect and will and are immortal.   They are a vast multitude but each is an individual.   Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels listed in the Bible.   In ascending order, the choirs or classes are 1) Angels, 2) Archangels, 3) Principalities, 4) Powers, 5) Virtues, 6) Dominations, 7) Thrones, 8) Cherubim, and 9) - 3 archangels

St Michael
The name of the archangel Michael means, in Hebrew, who is like unto God? and he is also known as “the prince of the heavenly host.”   He is usually pictured as a strong warrior, dressed in armour and wearing sandals.   His name appears in Scripture four times, twice in the Book of Daniel and once each in the Epistle of St Jude and the Book of Revelation.   From Revelation we learn of the battle in heaven, with St. Michael and his angels combating Lucifer and the other fallen angels (or devils).   We invoke St Michael to help us in our fight against Satan;  to rescue souls from Satan, especially at the hour of death;  to be the champion of the Jews in the Old Testament and now Christians;  and to bring souls to judgment.

Patronages:  Against temptations; against powers of evil; artists; bakers; bankers; battle; boatmen; cemeteries; coopers; endangered children; dying; Emergency Medical Technicians; fencing; grocers; hatmakers; holy death; knights; mariners; mountaineers; paramedics; paratroopers; police officers; radiologists; sailors; the sick; security forces; soldiers; against storms at sea; swordsmiths; those in need of protection; Brussels, Belgium; Caltanissett, Sicily; Cornwall, England; Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Florida; England; Germany; Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama; Papua, New Guinea; Puebla, Mexico; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Sibenik, Croatia; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington; Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Attributes: Angel with wings; dressed in armour; lance and shield; scales; shown weighing souls; millstone; piercing dragon or devil; banner charged with a dove; symbolic colours orange or gold.

St Gabriel
St Gabriel’s name means “God is my strength”.   Biblically he appears three times as a messenger.   He had been sent to Daniel to explain a vision concerning the Messiah.  He appeared to Zachary when he was offering incense in the Temple, to foretell the birth of his son, St John the Baptist.   St Gabriel is most known as the angel chosen by God to be the messenger of the Annunciation, to announce to mankind the mystery of the Incarnation.

The angel’s salutation to our Lady, so simple and yet so full of meaning, Hail Mary, full of grace, has become the constant and familiar prayer of all Christian people.

Patronages: Ambassadors; broadcasting; childbirth; clergy; communications; diplomats; messengers; philatelists; postal workers; public relations; radio workers; secular clergy; stamp collectors; telecommunications; Portugal; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.

Attributes: Archangel; sceptre and lily; MR or AM shield; lantern; mirror; olive branch; scroll with words Ave Maria Gratia Plena; Resurrection trumpet; shield; spear; lily; symbolic colours, silver or blue.

St Raphael
Our knowledge of the Archangel Raphael comes to us from the book of Tobit.   His mission as wonderful healer and fellow traveller with the youthful Tobias has caused him to be invoked for journeys and at critical moments in life. Tradition also holds that Raphael is the angel that stirred the waters at the healing sheep pool in Bethesda.   His name means “God has healed”.

Patronages: Blind; bodily ills; counselors; druggists; eye problems; guardian angels; happy meetings; healers; health inspectors; health technicians; love; lovers; mental illness; nurses; pharmacists; physicians; shepherds; against sickness; therapists; travellers; young people; young people leaving home for the first time; Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.

Attributes: Staff; wallet and fish; staff and gourd; archangel; young man carrying a staff; young man carrying a fish; walking with Tobias; holding a bottle or flask; symbolic colours, gray or yellow.

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Feast of the The Three Archangels and Memorials of the Saints – 29 September

St Gabriel the Archangel (Feast) –
St Michael the Archangel (Feast)
St Raphael the Archangel (Feast)


Bl Alericus
St Anno of Eichstätt
St Casdoe of Persia
St Catholdus of Eichstätt
Bl Charles of Blois
St Dadas of Persia
St Diethardus of Eichstätt
St Fraternus of Auxerre
St Gabdelas of Persia
St Grimoaldus of Pontecorvo
St Gudelia
St Guillermo Courtet
Bl John de Montmirail
Bl John of Ghent
St Lazaro of Kyoto
St Liutwin of Trier
Bl Luigi Monza
St Miguel de Aozaraza
St Quiriacus of Palestine
St Rene Goupil
St Rhipsime
Bl Richard Rolle
St Sapor of Persia
St Theodota of Thrace
St Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz

Martyrs of Thrace – 3 saints: Three Christian men murdered in Thrace for their faith. They are – Eutychius, Heracleas and Plautus.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antonio Arribas Hortigüela
• Blessed Antonio Martínez López
• Blessed Dario Hernández Morató
• Blessed Francesc de Paula Castelló Aleu
• Blessed Francisco Edreira Mosquera
• Blessed José Villanova Tormo
• Blessed Pau Bori Puig
• Blessed Vicente Sales Genovés
• Blessed Virgilio Edreira Mosquera