Feast of the Archangels

Today, September 29, is the Feast of the Archangels venerated in the tradition of the Church. The Church has rich teachings on the Archangels and Angels. Below are just a few ways to learn more about them, including a video.

You could start with this post at Catholic Culture, September 29th: Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. You might be interested in these posts about angels in general from the Weekly Series On the Soul. Specifically, part 3, part 12, part 13, part 14, and part 31. Also in the post Saint Joseph and His World, I mention a Mike Aquilina interview where he talks about St. Joseph and his angels.

Video, What Does an Archangel Do? from Catholic Answers.

By the way, if you go around the web searching for information about the Archangels (we know of three via the Bible), or angels in general, you’ll find very different teachings on non-Catholic sites. For example, many Protestant Bibles are missing the Book of Tobit and the ones that do contain the book often (usually?) label it part of the Apocrypha, whereas to Catholics it’s Deuterocanonical. The Archangel Raphael is mentioned only in Tobit, so Protestants, lacking the Book of Tobit, generally do not accept Raphael as a bona fide Archangel, at least from what I’ve gathered in my reading.

The Collect

O God, who dispose in marvelous order ministries both angelic and human, graciously grant that our life on earth may be defended by those who watch over us as they minister perpetually to you in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

Thanks for visiting and reading. May your way be guarded by Angels, and may you be guided by your Guardian Angel, and may you worship the Lord with all of His Angels, Archangels, and Saints. And may we join them in their unending hymn of praise: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. May God bless you and may His Peace be always with you.

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Image: The Three Archangels and Tobias, by Francesco Botticini. Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

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