``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers
be; even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church''
Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D.
St. 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
prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..
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The Feast of St. Michael's
long tradition identifies St. Michael the Archangel, as the leader
who remained faithful to God, and cast Lucifer at God’s command. His
powerful aid has always been invoked by the Church in time of
The Popes have constantly called on St. Michael as the special
protector of the Church whenever great evils threatened God’s
people. For this reason, St. Michael is especially honored at Rome,
on Monte Gargano, near Foggia, in Italy, and in France on Mont St.
Michel in Normandy.
In times of unusual danger, when the malice of the devil seems
triumphant, St. Michael will come to our aid.
is the feast day of St. Michael and all the Angels. It is the most
ancient of all the angel festivals. The Anglican church celebrates
all angels, both name and unnamed on one day. Roman and Orthodox
Churches separate them into two categories (with the unnamed angels
having their feast day on October 2nd).
From fairly early on, Michaelmas was an important holiday, the
religious or Christian equivalent of the autumn equinox. In England,
it was considered the start of a new quarter. It marked the start of
a new business year, a time for electing officials, making
contracts, paying rent, hiring servants, holding court and starting
school. Obviously we still see the remnants of this in the timing of
our elections and school year.
This is also a time when the weather is known to change. In Italy,
they say "For St. Michael, heat goes into the heavens." In Ireland,
people expect a marked decrease in sickness or disease. The Irish
also consider this a lucky day for fishing:
Plenty comes to the boat on Micheael's Day.
Barolini records a nursery rhyme about hours of sleep:
Nature requires five,
Custom gives seven,
Laziness takes nine
And Michaelmas eleven.