Feast Of St. Michael The Archangel
Today’s new vestment is a beautiful depiction of St. Michael defeating the devil who rebelled against God. St. Michael received his name from his response to Lucifer’s challenge to the Blessed Trinity. The leader of the good angels asked “who is like God” (Quis ut Deus)? And that became his name Michael. On this day in the fifth century a church was dedicated to God in St. Michael’s honor and this feast celebrates that event and honors all the spirits called angels who are organized into nine choirs with different functions. We have prayers and devotions which honor St. Michael and the angels. He is the patron of many and one of our own was recently saved by invoking this protecting spirit. A powerful exorcism against the devil invokes St. Michael’s aid and the uplifting hymn from today’s breviary praises him.