Evening Prayer: Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas)

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Psalm: 34, 150
Old Testament:Daniel 12:1-3
New Testament: Mark 13:21-27

Praise God in his holy temple; *
praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts; *
praise him for his excellent greatness. (Psalm 150:1-2)

In Biblical literature, angels typically have two roles. As I alluded to this morning, they bring God’s messages to humanity…but they also have a special role in that they praise YHWH continually.

The heavenly host reminds us that we too are called not only to love God and neighbour…..but to give thanks and praise for the blessing of creation. As human beings, we are made in the image of the Trinity and given the gift of life….We are indeed marvelously made and surrounded by beauty beyond all telling.

Tonight….I invite you to join your voice and heart to the song of angels so that from north to south, east to west, from heaven to earth, we may proclaim that the LORD is King and his dominion rules over all. +

Morning Prayer: Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas)


Psalm: 8, 148
Old Testament: Job 38:1-7
New Testament: Hebrews 1:1-14

Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

OK I’m going to be straight up with you…..I’m not sure what to make of this whole angel business. For one thing, the angels depicted in the Bible aren’t the innocent little kids with wings, and halos and chubby faces…they’re described more like this:



Far from the cute and cuddly, non?

For another thing, the concept of angels smacks of mythology and superstition. Can I really believe that there is a celestial general named Michael who defeats the powers of evil and carries out God’s will on earth???

Here’s the rub. If I believe in a Creator God (which I do) I have to believe that he–being the maker of the known universe–is able to do anything he wishes. Just because I can’t physically see some creation doesn’t mean it has no existence. I’ve never observed an atom or a molecule in a microscope, and they are invisible to my eye….but I know they are real. It’s the same thing with angels.

Even if I don’t accept literally the descriptions given in the Bible…..there are still times when I must admit to having felt that I was being watched over, protected, and guided by God.

Did God produce this feeling from his own hand? Through the hand of an angelic power? Who knows. Does it make a difference???? I don’t think so.

The source is still the same…..everything flows from the loving hand of God……and maybe the point of angels is not so much that they are these terrifying other-worldly creatures….but that they are agents of God’s mercy and grace. They remind us not only of what we are called to be…. servants of the LORD…but of what we are to proclaim: a message of hope to those who are in despair.

Most of all, they are a reminder that we are not alone….we are not the sole creators of our destiny……that there are forces beyond our control smiling in benevolence and gently guiding us through danger as we follow the pattern of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

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