Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meditations on St. Michael's Day

About a year ago I put together the following meditations on the Holy Angels named in Scripture (and the Apocrypha), Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Meditation on St. Michael the Archangel

Jude 1:9-St. Michael relies upon the power of the Lord

9But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you."

Revelation 12:7-10-St. Michael casts Satan out of heaven at the authority of Jesus Christ

7Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.9And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world— he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

Prayer: O Lord God, as Your servant, St. Michael the Archangel remained faithful in all ways to the truth of Your holy name by refraining from a blasphemous judgment, may I in all my dealings be found without presumption and faithful to Your truth. As St. Michael and his holy angel legions cast Satan out of heaven at the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, may I be strengthened in the holy baptismal waters to daily cast the works of Satan out of my life and stand in righteousness and purity in the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Meditation on St. Gabriel the Archangel

Luke 1:18-20- St. Gabriel speaks good news to Zechariah

18And Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." 19And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time."

Luke 1:26-33; 38- St. Gabriel the Archangel is sent to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

Prayer: O Lord God, as Your servant, St. Gabriel the Archangel spoke good news to Zechariah, the father of the forerunner to our Lord Jesus Christ, and again spoke the good news of Jesus who was born to save the world from sin to the Blessed Virgin Mary, His holy mother, so speak to my heart and soul that great good news of life and salvation that is found only in Christ Jesus. May I not disbelieve the Gospel, but strengthen my belief. Give me ever faithfulness as a called and ordained servant of Your holy Word to proclaim life and salvation in Christ alone to Your people even as St. Gabriel did, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

Meditation on St. Raphael the Archangel

Tobit 3:16-17- St. Raphael is sent in answer to the prayers of God's people

16 As Tobit and Sarah were praying, God in heaven heard their prayers17 and sent his angel Raphael to help them. He was sent to remove the white film from Tobit's eyes, so that he could see again, and to arrange a marriage between Sarah and Tobit's son Tobias, who, as her cousin, had the right to marry her. Raphael was also ordered to expel the demon Asmodeus from Sarah.

Tobit 12:6-18- St. Raphael the Archangel encourages the two men to praise God for His provision

6 Then Raphael called the two men aside and said to them, "Praise God and tell everyone about the good things he has done for you, so that they too will honor him and sing his praises. Let everyone know what God has done. Never stop praising him.15 I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand in the glorious presence of the Lord, ready to serve him. 16 Tobit and Tobias were terrified and fell to the ground, trembling with fear.17 But Raphael said to them, "Don't be afraid; everything is all right. Always remember to praise God.18 He wanted me to come and help you; I did not come on my own. So sing God's praises as long as you live.

Prayer: Praise God. Praise him for his greatness. Praise all his holy angels. May he continue to bless us. Praise all his angels forever. O Lord God, You are indeed mighty and worthy of all praise and honor. You have ordered Your holy angels to guard and keep Your people. As You sent Your holy servant, St. Raphael the Archangel to heal Your servant Tobit with the sacrifice of a fish, so heal the world through that blessed and holy ichthus, Jesus Christ, God's Son, our Savior. You bless Your children with the gift of marriage, so bless and heal the marriages of Your people. You drive far from Your children the attacks and assaults of demons, so guard and keep me from the attacks of evil influences and tempting spirits, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

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