Chaplaincy Chats


September 2018

SEPTEMBER 30th – we commemorate the feast of MICHAELMAS


Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the three named biblical angels, depicted as the beloved messengers of God. Michael, which means ‘who is like God?’, is described as protector of Israel and leader of the armies of God and is perhaps best known as the slayer of the dragon in the Revelation to John. He is thus regarded as the protector of Christians from the devil, particularly those at the hour of death. A basilica near Rome was dedicated in the fifth century in honour of Michael on 30th September, beginning with celebrations on the eve of that day, and 29th September is now kept in honour of Michael and all Angels throughout the western Church.

Hagiography from Exciting Holiness by Brother Tristam SSF

The Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is honoured for defeating Lucifer in the war in heaven. He is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence.

 All my life I have been involved in the struggle of good against evil, and St Michael has been a particular source of encouragement - to me.

And, while I  do not  have  a TATTOO imprinted on my body,  if I were to have  one, I would proudly wear that of Michael the Archangel.

Amongst all the corruption, in politics, the business sector, and even the church, we rejoice in what Michael the Archangel stands for in our world today.

Your Friend and Priest



December 2018