Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Celebrating Michaelmas, the Feast Day of the Archangels

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Yesterday, September 29, we celebrated the feast of the Archangels, also known as Michaelmas, for the first time since I've been intentionally trying to be more aware of the liturgical calendar and celebrate various feast days in fun, simple and faith-filled ways.  There are so many feast days that can be celebrated in our beautiful Catholic faith so some feast days are just mentioned and read about in our home, while others are celebrated in more meaningful ways (I hope).

I posted photos on my blog's Facebook page throughout the day documenting our feast day celebration.  Here is a recap of what we did:

I like the feast days that I can pull together at the last minute and still have a memorable celebration.  The night before Tuesday, September 29th, I ran out to the grocery store at 11:00 PM.  Yep, nothing like last minute planning!  Call me crazy, I know :)

I bought angel food cake (and white candles, which I didn't end up using), Cool Whip for clouds, glitter gold sprinkles because they were on clearance and they reminded me of angels, blackberries (there's a story about the symbolism of blackberries on Michaelmas as explained by Catholic Cuisine), angel hair pasta with white alfredo sauce, 2 books that I read in the morning after our Couch Catechism time titled Treasure Box Book, #18 and An Alphabet of Angels, and an Archangel coloring page (the site where I originally got the coloring page shown in the above photo is no longer available, but you can print archangel coloring pages at Waltzing Matilda, Happy Saints, and Catholic Playground.

In the afternoon, I happened to find a St. Michael coloring page in my file folder after some of my children colored the archangels coloring page. I'm sorry I don't know where I originally found this coloring page, but any St. Michael/archangel coloring page would work.  I copied the St. Michael picture and prayer on white card stock and then after I read Peanut Butter and Grace's post about making a stain glass tissue paper craft, I decided this St. Michael picture can be made into such a craft.  I cut out parts of the picture so colored tissue paper could be glued to the back.

After the St. Michael page was colored with coloring pencils, my kids started creating their colored tissue paper angels.   Even my 13 year old son, who normally doesn't get into crafts (especially coloring), was interested in doing this craft.  I tied the St. Michael prayer to St. Michael with yellow ribbon.

At dinner time, we had chicken alfredo with angel hair pasta and for dessert we ate the angel food cake decorated with Cool Whip clouds, gold sprinkles and blackberries.  The beautiful archangel printout that I used for the cake topper was from Happy Saints.  It was a fun, faith-filled day!


Heavenly King, You have given us archangels 
to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. 
Saint Michael is our protector; 
I ask him to come to my aid, 
fight for all my loved ones, 
and protect us from danger. 
Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; 
I ask him to help me 
clearly hear Your voice 
and to teach me the truth. 
Saint Raphael is the healing angel; 
I ask him to take my need for healing 
and that of everyone I know, 
lift it up to Your throne of grace 
and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. 
Help us, O Lord, 
to realize more fully the reality of the archangels 
and their desire to serve us. 

Holy angels, 
pray for us. 


The end of September, into October, there are several feast days that can be celebrated.  Here are some we have celebrated in the past.

Coming up is:

October 1 (St. Therese of Lisieux)
October 2 (Guardian Angels)
October 4 (St. Francis of Assisi)
October 7 (Our Lady of the Rosary)
October 13 (Our Lady of Fatima)
October 22 (St. John Paul II)


Love it! Looks like it was a fun, faith filled day!

Anonymous said...

Tracy, this is such a wonderful post! You are such a wonderful mother! God Bless you all!

Chris said...

What a beautiful day you had!!
You're the best mom....what lucky kids!

Love the stain glass-tissue, they came out gorgeous! I;ll bet they look so pretty in the window!

Also, I clicked over to read a few of your Oct feast day posts....Great ideas. I;m reserving the St F book at the library and also....I need to pick up M and M's and hershey choc chips to make rosaries for oct 7! Paul's bday is Friday and I'll be shopping for cake ingredients and cake decorations...I;mm pick it all up then.... Really good stuff..thx for the reminders.

I also linked back to you in my pope post bc you have great pics and links to others and that Aletia ( SP?) link for all the homilies' full texts.

TTYS~~ Havea great day!

Martianne said...

I always love the way you celebrate the feast days. You inspire me in my own celebrations with friends and family.

We'll be too busy this year to do a friends-date like we did last year, but I hope to enjoy a simple celebration nonetheless.

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