TODAY'S THEME: Michael and the Angels
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St. Michael Defeats the Devil
Eugene Delacroix (circa 1854)

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and the angels
battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels
fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no
longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon,
the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to
earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.

Revelation 12: 7-9
New American Bible


Hashem has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom
reigns over all. Bless Hashem, O His angels; the strong warriors
who do His bidding, to obey the voice of His word. Bless Hashem,
all His legions, His servants who do His will. Bless Hashem, all His
works, in all the places of His dominion. Bless Hashem, O my soul.

Psalm 103: 19-23
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, ltd., 2005


(Michael) is leader of the angel hosts, hence his title of
ARCHISTRATEGOS, which comes from the Greek for
'general.' ...Traditionally, he is the Guardian Angel of
the people of Israel...Some say Michael is Prince of the
World, with authority over the Princes of Kingdoms,
whose job it is to plead for the world when the
heavenly court sits in judgment...

Excerpted from The Watkins Dictionary of Angels,"
by Julia Cresswell
Watkins Publishing, 2006


In Jewish tradition, angels were created on the
second day, after the basic creation of the universe,
so that man could be sure that they had not helped
God in the creation of the universe, and God was the
sole creator. A more detailed account of the Creation
of the Angels is found in *2 Enoch:29 where God tells
Enoch that on the second day, "For all my own heavens
I shaped a shape from the fiery substance. My eye
looked at the solid and very hard rock...And from the
rock I cut off a great fire, and from the fire I created
the ranks of the bodiless armies - ten myriad angels-
and their weapons are fiery and their clothes are burning
flames. And I gave orders that each should stand in his
own rank." ...The view of the Creation of Angels in Islam
is quite different, for there, tradition says that angels
were created from light...Western Christianity tends
to think of angels in terms of light as well.

Excerpted from The Watkins Dictionary of Angels,"
by Julia Cresswell
Watkins Publishing, 2006

*Note: The ancient Book of Enoch is not in the Bible. Enoch himself is mentioned
twice in the Scriptures, in Genesis 5 and Hebrews 11, however, the Book of
Enoch is not included in either the Hebrew or most Christian canons.

Stained glass window
depicting the Archangel Michael

Ten Angels

Ten angels armed with swords of flame

stood at my bed and called my name.

In my despair I prayed to die,

But God sent angels with swords held high.

On God's command He sent them near

to honor prayers now washed with tears.

So cling to hope when all seems lost.

Send forth your prayers at any cost.

Now victory's mine, in Jesus' name,

For God sent angels with swords of flame!

- Kate Buxbaum-Prado

From "Angels Wings and Secret Things"

Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an Angel
Peter Paul Reubens, circa 1625

(Elijah) prayed for death: "This is enough, O Lord! Take my life,
for I am no better than my fathers." He lay down and fell asleep
under the broom tree, but than an angel touched him and ordered
him to get up and eat. He looked down and there at his head was a
hearth cake and a jug of water. After he ate and drank, he lay down
again, but the angel of the Lord came back a second time, touched
him, and ordered, "Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long
for you!"He got up, ate and drank; then strengthened by that food,
he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

1 Kings 19: 4-8
New American Bible


Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft;
God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design.

Excerpted from "The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman

Warner, 1994


It is not because angels are holier than men or devils
that makes them angels, but because they do not
expect holiness from one another,
but from God alone.

William Blake (1775-1827)
English poet, visionary, painter, printmaker

Kneeling Angel
Giovanni Antonia Amadeo

If trouble hearing Angels' song with thine ears,
try listening with thy heart.

Meriel Stelliger


From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life
of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration
and service of angels. When God "brings the firstborn
into the world, he says: 'Let all God's angels worship
him.'" Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has
not ceased resounding in the Church's praise: "Glory
to God in the highest!" ...They will be present at
Christ's return, which they will announce, to
serve at his judgment...

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded
by their watchful care and intercession. "Beside each
believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd
leading him to life." Already here on earth
the Christian life shares by faith in the
blessed company of angels and men
united in God.

Excerpted from the "Catechism of the Catholic Church"
Second Edition
Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997

Ever felt and angel's breath in the gentle breeze?
A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst
the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snow-
flake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place.

Carrie Latet


Every blade of grass has its angel that
bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.'

The Talmud (Jewish)

And now, the Last Word:

We shall find peace.
We shall hear the angels,
we shall see the sky
sparkling with diamonds.

Anton Pavlovich Chekov (1860-1904)
Russian writer and playwright



























































Bonus quote:
With appreciation for the unknown creator of this cartoon.



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of Angels;
The Talmud;
Book of Psalms;
and Revelations.