Sunday, October 15, 2017

How We Celebrated the Feast of the Archangels: September 29


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September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels, or Michaelmas.   The Archangels are Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael. We started celebrating this special feast day a few years ago and I'm still learning more about it! What is Michaelmas? I'll let Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas answer that here.


Like last year, we celebrated this feast with readings, food and a craft.

In the morning I set up our kitchen table with books, statues and the symbolic food we were going to eat for the day.   For the food we had angel hair pasta, angel food cake with blackberries and homemade whipped cream.  Blackberries are symbolic of Michaelmas as explained with this recipe for Michaelmas Blackberry Cobbler at Catholic Cuisine.


The book on the stand is Saints and Angels.  The book that is opened is Treasure Box book #18 and then on the far left is Angels for Kids that I won from Catholic Child on Catholic Child's Facebook pageAngels for Kids has a chapter titled "The Archangels" which gives interesting information about each of the Archangels.



Like in years' past, we did an Archangel craft with tissue paper to make "stained glass" Archangels.  I found the free printable on Pinterest through Happy Saints.



After eating our angel hair pasta meal, we had our angel food cake with homemade whipped cream and blackberries.  I printed out the Archangel cake topper from Happy Saints that I saved from last year and put a popsicle stick on the back. 


Our parish was just gifted a huge life-size statue of St. Michael and we had a Rite of Blessing for the statue as another way to celebrate this beautiful feast day! 


I've been blogging less for various reasons (mostly due to life always being VERY busy), but I still post photos and feast day celebrations on my blog's Facebook page and on Instagram.  So be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram!

Here is the photo I posted on social media on the actual feast of the Archangels...


 I found this graphic on Catholic Link's Facebook page which I think is beautiful!



If you would like to see more ways to celebrate the feast of the Archangels be sure to visit:

Peanut Butter and Grace's post titled 7 Ways to Celebrate the Feast of the Angels.

Catholic Mommy Blogs posted other  ways to incorporate the Feast of the Archangels into your meal.

Catholic Icing posted Celebrate Michaelmas-St. Michael and all the Archangels! with a list of fun ideas.

Saintly Seasons has 2016 Catholic Children's Calendar Coloring Book that includes a page of the Archangels.

Life, Love & Sacred Heart has a free St. Michael the Archangel printable prayer card.

A PRAYER TO
SAINT MICHAEL, GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS



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. 

Amen. 








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