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Sunday September 22nd. 2013
Feast of the Archangels — September 28th Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
Do you ever pray to angels We have the most wonderful friends in heaven, God's angels, who worship continually in his presence. Their power to protect us from evil and any harm is very special, but they can also help us to grow in holiness by praying for our needs constantly before the throne of God.   Who are the angels? They are spiritual beings created by God to serve him, and are also sent by God to watch over the human race, to deliver his messages, to guard and protect us from danger and from any evil. Since the beginning of time, angels have delivered God's messages to mankind. Sometimes these were impending warnings of danger, sometimes instructions as to what to do in a particular , sometimes as protection from the forces of evil. The angels that brought important news to mankind are called Archangels. and among the greatest of these are St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael. And, of course, God has given each of us since the moment of our conception a Guardian Angel to look after us throughout our life on here on earth.
 The power of St. Michael When something is to be done needing great power, God sends for  St. Michael. His name means Who is like unto God. It was he who  overcame Lucifer in the great battle that took place in heaven,  which you can read about in the book of the Apocalypse. Lucifer,  whose other name is Satan, in his pride desired to be as powerful as God, and he and his followers were thrust down into hell. He is destined to tempt and to try to corrupt mankind until the end of time. The Archangel Michael is the greatest of the angels in heaven, and is our protector against the forces of evil. He is also attributed with powers of healing, and he is called upon frequently to heal the sick. He was chosen by the Celtic people as their patron saint, and there are shrines to Michael all over the West coast of Europe since the 12th century. They relied on his protection from the perils of the sea when fishing, and also for his help for providing good weather the harvest. There is a statue of St. Michael at Cille Choirill Uist had a wonderful tradition of celebrating St. Michael's Day, (Lath' Fheill  Micheil). It was a holy day when everyone went to mass, bringing with them the struan (a special form of bread) which was baked the night before. This was blessed by the priest, some given to poor and the rest brought back home for the special celebration meal. The graves of loved ones were visited, and the traditional games took place on the machair. You could borrow your neighbour's horse without asking, and very often the engagements of young couples took place on this day.   Many rural towns throughout the land still have Michaelmas Fairs, and the English Universities and Legal professions refer to Michaelmas as the first term studies.  It is sad that the country has lost its devotion to the saints, for this brought a religious contact in to our daily lives and kept the lovely spiritual traditions alive. 
St. Gabriel   St Gabriel, whose name means Strength of God, was sent to  Daniel, the prophet, to explain his vision concerning the Messiah. He also announced to Elizabeth and Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, even although they were both advanced in years. His greatest role was to appear to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation to ask her if she would consent to be the mother of the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah. His greeting to Mary:  Hail, Mary, full of grace. the Lord is with you, is the most frequently used and most familiar prayer to all Catholics in the recitation of the rosary. St. Raphael Our knowledge of St. Raphael comes to us from the Book of Tobit. He appeared disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias. During the adventurous course of the journey the archangel's protective influence is shown in  many ways including the binding of the demon