Tomorrow we celebrate the great feast day of St Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael – the holy Archangels. It is wonderful to think that these, and all the other angels, are there to help and protect us throughout our lives. The Bible tells us about them. Raphael we find in the Book of Tobit, and is associated with healing. Gabriel, of course, is the angel of the Annunciation. Michael we find depicted in both Old and New Testaments as the great defender of God’s people and the leader of the heavenly army. Michael casts out Satan from Heaven.
Veneration for the holy angels is found in the Old Testament. And down through the ages many churches and chapels have been dedicated to them. We should seek their protection and ask for their prayers. At the end of the old Mass the prayer to St. Michael was often recited. It would be good for us to use it in our devotions once more:
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.