On Tuesday we celebrate the feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Some Christians celebrate the feast as St. Michael and All Angels, whereas for centuries the feast was known as ‘Michaelmas’. Whatever we call it, the feast is a time for us to reflect on the great glory of God shown in the angels, and in God’s great goodness to us by making the angels our servants as well as his. For that is what we see them doing in the scriptures: Michael wages war against the forces of darkness and wins, Gabriel is the angel who announces God’s plan of salvation to Mary at the annunciation, and Raphael, as we read in the Book of Tobit, brings healing to mankind.
The Archangels and angels are the ones who praise God without ceasing in heaven, they continually pray for us, and protect and guard us. It is our great privilege to join in their hymn at Mass, the sanctus. As the evenings start to draw in, and the weather turns colder, it is good to know that we have the angels as our friends and helpers through the darkness of life to the glorious light of heaven.
May Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and all the Holy Angels pray for us. P.D.