Friday, September 29, 2006

Feast of the archangels

Adoration, tonight (9/29), 7-8 pm, SAA Church. All are welcome!!
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. They are the greatest angels because they have been entrusted the greatest tasks as God's messengers. Michael (which means "Who is like God?") is the archangel who battled Satan and drove him and his angels out of Heaven. We implore his intercession in the battle against evil spirits. At the end of the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII had a vision of Hell that was so alarming that he initiated a prayer* to St. Michael that we say today.

Gabriel ("the strength of God") announced the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah and the birth of Jesus to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We turn to him to help us know the Will of God in our own lives. Raphael ("the healer of God") helped Tobit be healed of his blindness. Raphael is a powerful intercessor, invoking the healing power of Christ for those who ask him for it.

Sacred Scripture gives us many images of angels. Jesus describes "angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man" (Jn 1:51) in today's Gospel. Elsewhere, Christ points out that each one of us has an angel assigned to us who we refer to as our guardian angel. Angels serve Christ in Heaven and on Earth, mainly by protecting us. They are great helpers and guardians, and we should pray to them regularly for their assistance.

We also know from Scripture, mainly in the Book of Revelation, that angels worship the Lamb of God in the heavenly feast. We have a preview of that feast in the Eucharistic celebration, Holy Mass. The Eucharist is where Heaven and Earth meet. In the Eucharist, there is Christ. Where there is the Son, there is the Father, Holy Spirit, and all the saints and angels. So, whenever we come to Mass, we are in the presence of all the angels, even though we can't see them. We have our guardian angel with us always, but when we enter a chamber of Heaven at Mass, we have the entire heavenly court of angels and archangels with us.
* St. Michael the 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, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Searching For Holiness said...

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At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

October 1 - October 10 An Invitation to Prayer and Fasting

This year the Week (actually 10 days) takes place from Sunday, October 1 through Monday, October 10, 2006. The goals of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting are the conversion of nations, an end to abortion, and to build a culture of Life . We ask people to participate by doing the following:
Daily Masses
Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration
Daily Rosary
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Attend Mass
Promote Eucharistic Adoration


Maureen Flynn, Coordinator
14th International Week of Prayer and Fasting Committee

Washington, D.C. As the world faces the continual threat of global terrorism, natural disasters, major conflicts in the Middle East, a Coalition of Catholic and Christian organizations worldwide have mobilized to pray and fast in October, imploring God’s Mercy. This Coalition is coordinating the 14th Annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting and to promote a Culture of Life with special events planned for the Washington, DC region.

The goals of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting are: the Conversion of Nations, an end to abortion and to build a Culture of Life. The Coalition is asking for people to participate as individuals, families and parishes by organizing and offering the following: Fasting, Daily Masses, Prayer to include: Holy Hours, Rosaries, and Divine Mercy Chaplets and Confession. The International Week of Prayer and Fasting will begin with Life Chains and Prayer Rallies around the world on October 1, 2006, Respect Life Sunday.

Two special events are planned for our nation’s capitol. The first, on Sat. Oct. 7, 2006 is a Youth and Family Conference titled, “To Build a Culture of Life”. This daylong event will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Herndon, VA from 8am to 9pm. Guest speakers will include prominent Catholic speakers including Brandi Swindell, Jason Jones, Lisa Epperson of LIFETEEN, and Fr. Clement Machado, S.O.L.T., and Fr. Bryan Belli. There will be live music throughout the day. The second event is planned for Mon. Oct. 9, 2006 and will be an All Day Prayer Vigil, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This Vigil features Catholic religious and lay speakers, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration throughout the day. The event will feature dynamic speakers including: Fr. Frank Pavone; Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor; Fr. Emmanuel McCarthy; Dan Lynch; Dir., Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Bud McFarlane, Sr.; and Steve McDonald, on Stem Cell Research. Mass Celebrant: Fr. Clement Machado, S.O.L.T. There is no charge for the Vigil. For information and to register for the Youth and Family Conference please register online at: or call (703)707-0799. Group discounts are available.

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not pertaining to the topic but I am baring my soul so people please don't jump all over me. I am a very liberal minded person so sometimes its hard to really accept certain teachings. Its not that I don't want to, its just difficult to. I was "very" pro-choice until I got educated on what it meant to have an abortion. Not that I did. Then the whole idea really horrified me. I am asking anyone for advice as to what should I do when certain teachings go against what I learnt in the secular world? I really want to follow the church's teachings and not be so liberal minded.

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At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without knowing the details, in general the liturgical calendar was changed along the lines of simplification and reduction. For example, 2006 has only four feasts not associated with Jesus, His mother, or one or more Apostles (St. Stephen, the Holy Innocents, St. Lawrence, the Dedication of the Lateran, and Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael).

On a calendar with infrequent feasts, each archangel wouldn't get his own feast, and combining them into one is a greater honor than giving them their own memorials.

At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am asking anyone for advice as to what should I do when certain teachings go against what I learnt in the secular world?

Many people have found that, if they leave a difficult teaching alone for a while, without worrying about it or wrestling with it, when they return to it after some time of prayerful living they find they no longer have difficulty accepting it.

If it's something you can't leave alone, say because the teaching is directly contrary to something you do all the time, you might try to follow the teaching as a matter of discipline rather than faith, and see how things stand after a period of time doing that.

"I believe, help my unbelief," is a great Scriptural prayer.

For reading, Archbishop Wuerl has been warmly recommending the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which he says is "designed primarily for adult, particularly young adult, readers who seek a fuller, richer understanding of the great gift of faith."

At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon #3- U are not in the minority on this one. Most Catholics pick and choose the teachings for their life. Try to really educate you self on the reasons behind Catholic Teachings and the Truth will knock you over.


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