The celebration of St. Michael and All Angels is one of my favourite ones because it invites us into the mystery of God that Scripture talks openly about, but which our rational modern minds may explain away as ancient misunderstanding or allegory.

The fact is, that angels are spoken about in Scripture — both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament — a lot. Roughly translated, the Greek word for angel, angelos means “messenger”, or “one that announces.” Angels in the New Testament are often doing just that. So, angels are not these fairy-like winged babies that art and popular culture have made of them, but rather otherworldly beings who are emissaries of God’s own self. Angels are a separate order from humans and although we often imagine them as having a human-like form, their descriptions in the prophetic books make them sound fearsome indeed. Is it any wonder that most biblical figures who were visited by an angel reacted with fear?

The archangel Michael is one of the patron saints of artists, and as such, holds a special place in my heart. Having an angel looking after you seems a bit like having a private bodyguard, doesn’t it? We may speak about having a “guardian angel” and folks who do good works are often referred to as being “angels.”

But there is no “proof” for any of this, is there? So our rational selves, at some level, may have dismissed the idea of angels as being entirely imaginary, and a product of ancient superstition. However, I think we do so at the expense of an important insight into God.

There is, indeed, very little we can say about God definitively. Most of our understanding of God is conjecture and must necessarily change over time, as we deepen in relationship with our faith community and Christ himself. Therefore, a large portion of God’s nature remains a mystery and — it is my conviction — that angels may well fall into the reality of that mysterious realm.

Would it be such a bad thing to allow the spirit of wonder to overcome us when we meditate on the Divine? If contemplating the role of angels helps us do that, I say, so much the better.

Mother Amanda
Download the Sunday service booklet here: 2 Liturgy at Home Michaelmas September 26 2021

Liturgy at Home Zoom Mass

9:00 am on Sunday, September 19, 2021

 

Zoom Meeting details:

Meeting ID: 868 4886 8593

Passcode: 748396

Phone number: 778-907-2071

Download the Liturgy at Home booklet for 9:00 am on Sunday, September 19, 2021 here: Liturgy at Home Pentecost 17 September 19 2021

 

About Zoom:

Zoom is a simplified video conferencing and messaging application that can be downloaded to any device: Apple computer, Windows PC, Android phones, IOS iPads and iPhones, and others.

To download a free version of Zoom onto your tablet/phone, go to your usual App Store and search for the free Zoom Cloud Meeting App. Get, and follow instructions. (NB. Do not get the Business version, for which there is a charge.)

To download a free version of Zoom onto your computer type “zoom app” into Google, or type “zoom.us” in the url bar. This will bring you to the Zoom home page.

Scroll down to the very bottom of the home page and look under DOWNLOAD.

There are several options: for a Mac or PC desktop computer click “Meetings Client”; for Apple device users see above, or, click “iPhone/iPad App” and for Android phones click “Android”.

You will be asked to set up an account by giving your name and email address.

For more detailed instruction click on SUPPORT in the very right upper corner of the home page. Then click on “Getting Started”.

When you have downloaded Zoom you can “Join a Meeting” [in this case the service] by clicking the Join icon.

Then type in the Meeting ID number and password, or call the phone number.