This Saturday, September 29, is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. The Book of Common Prayer permits a congregation to transfer its patronal feast onto the next Sunday, provided it’s not during certain special times of the year. As we are hopelessly in the middle of what’s commonly called “Ordinary Time,” we don’t have to worry.
Depending upon how high your angelology is, Michael is one of either one, three, four, or seven named archangels in our tradition. The Book of Daniel refers to Michael as the protector of Israel, while in Revelation he is portrayed as the leader of the armies of God against the forces of the devil, the “deceiver of the world.” The name Michael comes from Hebrew and means “who is like God.” In other words, our congregation has a pretty serious patron saint. Michael is also the only non-human to be canonized as a saint, but that’s another story.
This Sunday we celebrate our patronal feast with one service at 10:00am, followed by lunch in Patton Hall. Lunch is potluck, so we will be eating whatever you bring. Come be part of the feast!!!!