Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—September 24, 2015
Have you had any encounters with angels? There have been many angels in literature, movies and television over the years -- you may remember some of them. Guardian angels adorn many nurseries for the protection of infants and children. I have given more than one new driver a keychain bearing the words, "don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly." Sometimes I wonder just how fast my own guardian angel can fly...
Angels are messengers of God -- indeed, their name comes from the Greek word 'angelos,' which literally means 'messenger.' They are found throughout the old and new testaments, bringing messages to human in all kinds of situations and circumstances, but we only have names in scripture for four: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael. The archangel Gabriel is the one who brought the message to Mary about the child she was to bear, the one we know as Jesus. "The archangel Michael is the powerful agent of God who wards off evil from God's people, and delivers peace to them at the end of this life's mortal struggle." (from 'Holy Women, Holy Men')
September 29 is the day set aside by the Church to remember St Michael and all angels. In England, the fall school term is known as the "Michaelmas term" in his honor.
Sometimes we recognize the angels in our lives; at other times it is only in hindsight that we realize that we have entertained angels without even knowing it. As the collect below states, may we give thanks to God for these messengers and protectors who grace us with their presence.
St Thomas will mark the feast of St Michael and All Angels at our regular Wednesday Midweek service on September 30. Plan to join us in person at 12:15 if you are in the area – or make a note to join us in prayer on that day. See an angel, be an angel, all to the glory of God.
A prayer for the feast of St Michael and All Angels:
Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,