Sunday, September 29, 2013

Feast Day of the Archangels...

There is a lot of information HERE.

It's fascinating. I love the stories and the prayers of the Archangels.
There are seven Archangels, three of them have been named in the bible. These are the three.

Two of my children have been confirmed. Both have chosen St. Michael the Archangel as a patron saint.
There is something incredible about St. Michael being the one who threw Satan from Heaven and into Hell. This proves his power is mighty. The boys, I'm sure, were drawn to the strength, and nearly always being depicted stomping on the devil didn't hurt. But it comforted mom (me) to know this was their choice. If St. Michael can do this to the devil himself, imagine what influence he can have on my children. I'll take it.
   

"Saint 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 Divine Power of God - cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen" 

 
St Gabriel. Seems to be the messenger.  He had been sent to Daniel to explain a vision concerning the Messiah. He appeared to Zachary when he was offering incense in the Temple, to foretell the birth of his son, St. John the Baptist. St. Gabriel is most known as the angel chosen by God to be the messenger of the Annunciation, to announce to mankind the mystery of the Incarnation.

 





"O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen"


St. Raphael. His mission as wonderful healer and fellow traveler with the youthful Tobias has caused him to be invoked for journeys and at critical moments in life. See? Beautiful!

  

"Dear Saint Raphael, your lovely name means "God heals." The Lord sent you to young Tobiah to guide him throughout a long journey. Upon his return you taught him how to cure his father's blindness. How natural, therefore, for Christians to pray for your powerful help for safe travel and a happy return. This is what we ask for ourselves as well as for all who are far from home. "

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