Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

St Michael the Archangel

Resplendent intelligences, magnificent exponents of the infinite wisdom, power, and beauty of God; spiritual bodies, immortal, impassible, moving with a swiftness transcending that of light ; abiding in the immediate presence of God and radiant with the splendors shed over them by the Beatific Vision!

One moment of the silence born of awe then the full burst of praise, thanksgiving, adoration, from Archangels, Seraphim, Cherubim, Powers, Principalities; rank on rank, file on file, group weaving into group; hosannas mingling with alleluias, and the infinite sweetness of harmonious sounds has been born in heaven!

Such were the angels before a blast of defiance, as if there could be discord in heaven ? And, lo ! Lucifer, son of the morning, the most resplendent in all those ranks of shining ones, his place nearest to the Beatific Vision, its rainbows breaking over his wings, stands forth in open rebellion to his Maker, drawing with him a third part of the host of heaven. But that trumpet-blast is answered by a battle-cry : ” Who is like God? ” And Michael, next in beauty, next in majesty, leads his host against Lucifer, and Saint John tells us, in the Apocalypse,

…And there was a great battle in heaven : Michael and his angels fought with Lucifer and his angels ; but these last prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.” Lucifer was cast forth, and with him his angels ; and hell sprang into being by the same creative word which had called forth, to bliss, the angelic hosts ; while, as a reward for their fidelity, Michael and his angels, having used their free-will on the side of God, were confirmed by Him in their perfection, to be thenceforth incapable of sin.

The Three Archangels and the Guardian Angels in Art
Eliza Allen Starr (1899)

Prayer in Honor  of The Holy Archangel Michael

HOLY Archangel Michael, glorious chief and champion of
the heavenly host, conqueror of the rebel angels, valiant
guardian of the souls of men, protector of the Church of God,
our worthy leader; vouchsafe to free us from every ill, aid us,
who have recourse to thee with full confidence, in all our necessities,
and by thy incomparable guidance and protection enable
us to make progress every day in the faithful service of our
Blessed Master, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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One response

  1. Praise be to Jesus Christ, and His Blessings to all! Definitely one of my favorite posts ever as we are reminded of His Power and Glory through St. Michael! Whenever I start to feel the discouragement that the Evil One wants to instill in me, I immediately bring my mind and soul to God and rest in complete trust in His Love for us, but we must have blind faith. This comes about in invoking the name of St. Michael and all the tiers of Angels, who gladly battle for us. And we must also remember our Blessed Mother, who has the Army of Angels at Her Command. Aren’t we so profoundly blessed to have the Fullness of the Truth? Praise the Lord! And thank you, Avangelista, for a most powerful post. JMJ!

    September 30, 2014 at 5:38 am

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