Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

Today's the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. On this day, the Basilica was consecrated to St. Michael by Boniface II on the site of the Roman circus.

Also, it's towards the end of September, now moving on to October (in 1 day) - which will be the month of the Holy Angels =D with the feast day of the Holy Guardian Angels on Oct 2 and my dearest patron, Sancte Therese on Oct 3! So today's Feast day of St. Michael is in preparation for the month of October, the month of the dearest Angels, all the dearest Angels, the nine choirs of whom we know only 3 names of the greatest angels that are: St Michael (Who Is Like God), St Gabriel (Strength of God) and St Raphael (Medicine of God), who see the face of God and that help and guide us along our pathway, our journey towards eternity in this earthly life. :)

"And obviously great is the mystery of godliness: Which was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, appeared to the angels, was preached to Gentiles, believed in the world, taken up in glory."

-The First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy 3:16-

From the Hymn at Vespers today:

O Thou, the Father’s glorious Might,
Jesus, true life of every heart,
Thee do we praise amid Angels bright
Whose hope and light alone Thou art.

A thousand thousand hosts, for Thee,
Of glorious warriors, battle wage;
But Michael waves Thy standard free,
Salvation’s cross and victory’s gage.

The dragon fierce with stubborn crown
He hurls to lowest depths of hell;
The rebel crew, their prince overthrown,
He thrusts from heaven’s high citadel.

The prince of pride may we, too, fight,
And follow this, our captain true,
That so the crown with glory dight
By Jesus given, may be our due.

Glory be to God the Father,
Who protects by His Angels,
Those whom the Son redeemeth
And the Holy Ghost anointeth. Amen.

V. The Angel stood by the altar of the temple.
R. Holding in his hand a censer of gold.

Beautiful! :)

From the Antiphon at the Magnificat of First Vespers today:

While John was beholding the sacred mystery, the Archangel Michael sounded a trumpet. Forgive us, O Lord our God, Thou who openest the book, and loosest the seals thereof. Alleluia.

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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