St Michael: thrust down to hell Satan…

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Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.–May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust down to hell Satan and all wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Who is like God?

Last year, I posted about Who is like God on this date.

Today we meditate:

The Archangels

from The Golden Legend

We must honour the angels because they are our servants. They minister to us, as we read in Hebrews:

Are they not ministering spirits, sent to minister for them who are to receive the inheritance of salvation?

All are sent for our sake – the highest orders to the middle orders, these to the lowest ones, and the lowest to us. This sending of the angels is in accord, firstly with the kindness of God, because it shows how much he loves our salvation, since he directs and dispatches the noblest spirits, those who are joined to him in intimate love, to procure salvation for us. Secondly, their mission also befits the angels’ love for us, for it is of the nature of ardent love to desire intensely the welfare of others. For this reason Isaiah said:

Behold, Lord, here am I! Send me!

The angels can help us because they see us in need of their aid, with bad angels warring against us. Thus the law of angelic love requires tat they be sent to us. Thirdly, their sending also meets the neediness of mankind. The good angels are sent to inflame our hearts with love. As a figure of this we read that they were sent in a fiery chariot. They are sent also to enlighten our understanding and bring us to knowledge, as is show in a figure in the angel who held an open book in his hand. And they come to strengthen any weakness in us to the limit of our need, as we see in 1 Kings where we read that the angel brought to Elijah a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water, and Elijah ate and drank, and walked in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights, to Horeb the mountain of God…

We should honour the angels because they are our brothers and fellow citizens. All the elect are assumed to the angelic orders, some to the highest, some to the lowest, and some to the middle orders, according to the diversity of their merits…

We are to honour the angels because it is they who bear our souls up to heaven, and this they do in three ways. The first is by preparing the way, so we read in Malachai:

Behold, I send my angel, who will prepare the way before your face.

The second is by conveying souls to heaven along the prepared way; so Exodus:

Behold I will send an angel, who shall go before you into the land which I promised to your fathers.

The third is by putting the souls in their place in heaven; so Luke:

It came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.

The Golden Legend

The Golden Legend is a collection of stories about the saints compiled by Blessed Jacobus de Voragine O.P., †1298.

 

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