Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Feast of the Archangels
Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael pray for us!
Next year, please God, we will celebrate your feast day more fittingly.
This year however, I thank you for bearing with your mothers weariness.
She feels like a champion when she manages to get supper on the table and keep the laundry situation under some control. These days, the mere basics of daily life are about all she can acheive without becoming truly overwhelmed and frazzled. And as you are aware, frazzled mother is no fun at all.
I hope you enjoyed your chocolate cake as some small nod in recognition of this day.
Your name, as you know, means 'God is my strength'. My prayer for you, is that you always know the wonderful truth of these words.
How very appropriate, at this time of waiting to welcome our newest little soul, that your angel is, among other things, the patron saint of childbirth.
His salutation to the Blessed Virgin, Hail full of grace... has become our familiar prayer.
How strange that must have seemed when those words were first uttered.
Our Ladys 'Yes' was an act of trust in God that truly ensured that ALL generations would call her Blessed.
Lets pray for the courage to not be afraid of the plans God has for us, and for the security of knowing that He is our strength.
Perhaps, in honour of your patron, we could try to pray the Angelus?
And lets not forget the other two archangels who share this feast day.
Here is the prayer to Saint Michael:
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, thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
And here is some information about where that prayer came from.
And you can read the story about the Angel Raphael and Tobias in the book of Tobit.
Take a look here.
Lastly, here are some beautiful images by artists ancient and modern who have been inspired by the story of the Annunciation.
By Henry Ossawa Tanner ( 1898)
By John Collier
By Sandro Botticelli
By Fra Angelico
Next year, we'll try to do this, and perhaps this, and maybe some of this.
Until then, thank you for your sweet, good natured patience.
With love and squeezes