You might remember that St. Michael appeared on the top of a mountain in S. Italy, along the back of the “ankle” of the “boot”, called Gargano. He appeared with a flaming sword on the eve of a battle in 663. That was one of several apparitions. I was at the shrine of the apparition just about one year ago.
Michael has another feast in the traditional calendar, 29 September. In the Novus Ordo all three archangels named in Scripture are celebrated that day. In the Traditional calendar, St. Raphael and St. Gabriel have their own days: respectively 24 October and 24 March. Of course all the Holy Guardian angels are celebrated on 2 October.
Today in the readings for the Feast, we hear of the first part of the Book of Revelation, which tells us that God has assigned angels to mind cities. In the Gospel we hear Christ say that the children have angels who see the face of God. Great writers of the Church have proposed that everything in the cosmos that moves has an angel assigned to it. There are myriads upon countless myriads of unfallen angels who serve God, each angel being his own substance, as different from every other angel as aardvarks are from zebras.
Pray to your Guardian Angels!
Pray to the Archangels!
Think of how many times the angels are invoked during the Traditional Form of Mass. And at the end of Low Mass, we should say the Prayer to St. Michael.
Some years ago I posted some marvelous “inculturation” art by Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui: St. Michael the Archangel as a samurai kicking the devil’s back side. Very cool. It is striking, in it’s woodblock style and colors.
He has now reprinted it. The original drawing of St. Michael is on Japanese washi. The giclee print (below) is on Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper