Monday, September 27, 2010

Feast of the Archangels

"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."
September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels (Gabriel, Michael & Raphael), here are a few ideas to celebrate this feast day:
- Say the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
A Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle.Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.
- St. Michael's feast day is referred to as "Michaelmas" in many countries and traditional foods for this day include waffles and blackberries. Catholic Cuisine has many food suggestions for celebrating Michaelmas. We will hopefully have waffles with blackberries (from my ample frozen stock) for breakfast or maybe "breakfast for dinner."
- Make a devils food cake and place a statue of St. Michael on top and give each child a little cocktail sword to stab the cake to symbolize St. Michael throwing the devil out of Heaven.
- In honor of St. Gabriel, say the Angelus. - Have the children color Charlotte's coloring pages of the Archangels. St. Gabriel St. Michael St. Raphael - For dinner make angel hair pasta with sauce
- Use three white candles as the centerpiece on your table, each candle representing one of the Archangels.
- Watch these You Tube videos for each of the archangels. NOTE: These videos have images and writings that are not Catholic teaching, but they are still a neat compilation for each of the archangels

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