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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Dedication Of Saint Michael The Archangel. Feast Day 29 September.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

The Dedication of Saint Michael The Archangel.
Feast Day 29 September.

Double of The First-Class.

White Vestments.

Saint Michael The Archangel.

Hymn to Saint Michael The Archangel.

Musical Credits: "The Days" (I giorni)
by Ludovico Einaudi.
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29 September was formerly Dedicated to All The Angels (Introit, Collect, Gradual, Communion), wherefore Pope Boniface II, about 530 A.D., chose that date to Dedicate a Church in the Great Circus, at Rome, to Saint Michael.

The Mass composed for the occasion has since been appointed for The 18th Sunday after Pentecost; it still relates to The Dedication of a Church. The present Mass was composed more recently.

The Hebrew meaning of "Michael" is: "Who is like God ?", and recalls the combat which took place in Heaven between "The Archangel of God, who deserved to be placed at the Head of The Heavenly Host", and the devil.

Sermon: Saint Michael The Archangel.
Available on YouTube at

As we have fallen through sin into the power of Satan, it is Saint Michael's part to continue the fight for our deliverance (Alleluia, and Prayer after Mass); wherefore, our Guardian Angels are subordinate to him.

Saint Michael conquers Satan's pride and obtains humility for us. It is also he who presides over The Worship of Adoration rendered to The Most High, for he offers to God the Prayers of The Saints, symbolised by Incense, whose smoke rises towards Heaven (Offertory, Blessing of the Incense).

Sermon: The Archangels.
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When a Christian has left this World, we Pray that The Standard-Bearer, Saint Michael, should introduce the Christian into Heaven; he is also often represented with The Scales of Divine Justice, wherein Souls are weighed. His name is mentioned in The Confiteor, after that of Mary, who is The Queen of Angels.

Saint Michael was the protecting Angel of the Synagogue, as he is now of The Church, which has succeeded it. To him, The Liturgy attributes the revelation of the future, made to Saint John in The Apocalypse (Epistle).

Every Parish Priest Celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: Benedícite Dóminum, omnes Angeli ejus. Bless the Lord, all ye His Angels.



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