Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Michaelmas: The Obligatory Blog Post

How many Archangels are there? Three? Wrong. It's a little known fact, but ...

There are seven Archangels in all, but only the three mentioned in Sacred Scripture are commemorated liturgically; St. Gabriel's Feast is on 24 March, and St. Raphael's Feast is on 24 October (the Guardian Angels are remembered on 2 October. The other archangels, whom we know from the Book of Enoch, are Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jeramiel.) Today, though, we honor St. Michael the Archangel, whose very name in Hebrew means, "Who is Like God." St. Michael is described in the Golden Legend ...

So begins the excitement of "Michael's Mass," or "Michaelmas," as this day used to be called, as the Mass for the feast of Saint Michael was celebrated this day. Click on the quotation to learn about customs, festivities, recipes, and other fun stuff. Then when you run out of things to do, you can read about The Book of Enoch.

Oh boy.

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