Today is one of my favorite feast days–that the holy archangels who appear in scripture: St. Michael, the great warrior, St. Gabriel, the great messenger, and St. Raphael, the great guide, guardian, and healer.

St. Michael stained glass

In the older liturgical calendar, this day commemorates the dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael.  I found a beautiful hymn dedicated to the Prince of the Heavenly Host in my 1962 missal:

Oh 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.

St. Gabriel glass

St. Gabriel is best known as the angel who came to Mary in the Annunciation.  He also appeared to the prophet Daniel and to Zechariah.  His feast day in the older calendar is 24 March.  Understandably, he is the Patron Saint of all kinds of communications workers and also diplomats. (photo by Lawrence OP)

St. Raphael glass

St. Raphael is best known from his role in The Book of Tobit, who guides and guards Tobias, leads him to his future wife, Sarah, banishes the demon Asmodeus who had been terrorizing Sarah and killing her previous husbands, and cures Tobit of his blindness.  All in a day’s work for this mighty angel!  His feast day in the older calendar is coming up on 24 October.  He is a Patron Saint of many different things… and an unofficial Patron Saint of single Catholics looking for spouses. (photo by Lawrence OP)

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An angelic feast! (last year’s post for this feast day)