Celebrating Michaelmas and the Archangel Feast: Happy Archangel Day!

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Celebrating Michaelmas and the Archangel Feast: Happy Archangel Day!
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Doreen Virtue

I’m so excited to join with you and others around the world to celebrate Archangel Day, and very grateful that Hay House is generously offering a 50 percent discount on my books and cards about Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael in celebration of the Feast of the Archangels.

September 29 is the annual international Archangel Day known as the Feast of the Archangels or Michaelmas (named for the Archangel Michael), in which the mighty archangels are celebrated and appreciated.  The word “Feast” means that it’s a time to pause and give thanks, often while gathering with other people for a ceremonial meal.  

While Michaelmas is a traditional Catholic and Christian ceremony, anyone who appreciates the archangels is welcome to join in the celebration.  We don’t worship or pray to the archangels; however, we do give thanks to God for creating powerful angels who protect, guide, and love us.

Michaelmas originated with a fifth century dedication ceremony for a newly opened St. Michael basilica, and the celebration has continued ever since. It’s also a time in the Northern Hemisphere for giving thanks for the end of the harvest season.

Some faiths celebrate only Archangels Michael and Gabriel, since they are the only two angels specifically named in the canonical Bible. Other faiths also include Archangels Raphael and Uriel, who appeared in deuterocanonical books of the Bible.

Archangel Michael, whose name means “He who is like God,” is the angel of protection, courage, and the elimination of fear. He is the patron saint of police officers and other protectors, and his symbols are a sword of light; weighing scales; a shield; and his foot upon a dragon or demon to represent his purpose of eradicating fear and evil from the world.

Archangel Gabriel, whose name means “The strength of God,” is the only angel who speaks in the canonical Bible. Gabriel famously delivered the annunciation of the forthcoming births of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. Gabriel is the patron saint of messengers, such as writers and speakers.  Gabriel’s symbols are three white lily flowers upon one stem to represent the Holy Trinity and purity; and a trumpet to announce messages.

Archangel Raphael, whose name means “God heals,” was described in the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit – a book accepted as part of the Holy Bible by Catholics, Orthodox, and certain other Christian religions. In the Book of Tobit, Raphael heals a blind man with ground-up fish paste (therefore, fish is his symbol); travels with Tobiah to find his father’s stolen money; and unites Sarah and Tobiah as soulmate marriage partners. He is the patron saint of healers, soulmates, and travelers.

Archangel Uriel, whose name means “God is my light,”  is described in the deuterocanonical “Second Book of Esdras,” of Gnostic and Mystical Judaic tradition, and adopted in modern times by some Catholic and Christian faiths. He is regarded as a teaching angel sent by God to instruct humanity, and for this reason he is a patron of students and for all seeking higher wisdom. Uriel’s symbols are a light, a flame, and carrying the Holy Book.

It should be noted that in some faiths, the Feast of the Archangels is celebrated annually on November 8 instead of September 29.  To many of us who revere (not worship) the archangels, every day is Michaelmas. After all, God sends the mighty archangels to us continuously, so it makes sense to continuously give thanks for their presence.

As a reminder, the archangels are extensions of God.  In spiritual truth, they are identical to God, and so the archangels never get tired and are unlimited. The archangels have no egos nor judgments, and their entire focus is upon fulfilling God’s will.

Here are some ways for you to celebrate Michaelmas:

  1. Think or speak the archangels’ names, while sending them gratitude and love.

  2. Place paintings of the archangels around you, or as screensavers for your mobile devices so that you’ll have reminders of their presence.

  3. Spend quiet time in prayer and meditation, enjoying a personal connection and conversation with God, Jesus, and the archangels.

  4. Dress in a color representing the archangel with whom you feel a strong connection (royal purple or blue for Archangel Michael; emerald green for Archangel Raphael; gold, copper, bronze, or brown for Archangel Gabriel; yellow for Archangel Uriel).

In celebration of Archangel Day, Hay House is generously offering a fifty percent discount on my books and cards about the Archangels at: http://bit.ly/ArchangelDaySale  This way, you  can learn more about Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael  and in my books you can read true stories about their healing, protection, and guiding presence in modern day.

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