In this lesson we study the 4 roles of St. Michael the Archangel, the nine choirs of angels, the role of St. Michael at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the two traditional feasts dedicated to St. Michael, the apparitions of St. Michael in Italy in the 6th century, and the importance of venerating St. Michael. We will additionally pray the Chaplet of St. Michael and learn the often unknown full length version of the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer.Preview This Lesson
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Archangel Michael reaching to save souls in purgatory, by Jacopo Vignali, 17th century
Bless the Lord, all you His angels, you mighty in strength who do His bidding, obeying the voice of His commands. Ps. 102:1. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all my being bless His holy name. V. Glory be …INTROIT from the Feast of the Dedication St. Michael
As we related in the Introduction to this lesson, belief in angels is a required truth of the Faith.
Traditionally in the Liturgy of the Church, there were two feasts in honor of St. Michael. Those familiar with the Litany of Saints will also recall that his name is mentioned by name in the Litany. And those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass will be familiar with several references to St. Michael in the course of the Liturgy.
St. Michael is regarded as the special Guardian Angel of Saint Joseph and the Guardian Angel of each one of the Popes and one of the seven great angels who stand before the throne of God. In the 6th century, the angelic St. Michael appeared in southern Italy on a mountain named Gargano. In this apparition St. Michael asked that the cave in which he appeared would become a shrine to the True God in order to make amends for the pagan worship that once occurred there. The Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano still remains to this day.
St. Michael's later appeared with a flaming sword atop the mountain during a storm on the eve of battle for the Lombards. The Lombards attributed their victory in battle on that day, May 8, 663, to St. Michael. And the Church then established a Feast in honor of the Apparition of St. Michael on May 8th. That Feast is still kept in the Roman Catholic Calendar of 1962 used in the Tridentine Latin Mass.
On September 29th the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael occurs on which we, for the second time in the year, honor the Glorious St. Michael.
Let us read from the Roman Martryology for September 29th which explains the reason why his Feast is kept on this date:
On Mount Gargano, the commemoration of the blessed archangel Michael. This festival is kept in memory of the day when, under his invocation, there was consecrated a church, unpretending in its exterior, but endowed with celestial virtue.
The blog Carmelite spirituality and the practice of mental prayer further explains:
The first apparitions of the archangel Michael in Western Europe were granted to the Bishop of Sipontum in Apulia. Three times the Archangel appeared, nightly, the last tim... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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