Sep 292013

Feast of the Archangels

The Feast of the Archangels honors the role of the three archangels who assisted God in salvation history: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

From the Scriptures, we know that we are a little less than the angles in the rank of God’s creation. We do not become angels when in Heaven and they cannot become one of us except as a disguise.

We do not worship the angels as they too are servants of God. While we often call the angels Saints, that does not seem like a correct title since they are not human but who am I to argue with thousands of years of teachings and tradition.

As we do ask the saints to intercede on our behalf, we can ask for the angels intercession as well:

Michael, defend us in battle

Gabriel, help us communicate God message

Raphael, give us the health needed to accomplish God’s purpose

Vatican II

September 29 is also an exciting anniversary  in the history of the Church. In this day in 1963, the second session of the Second Vatican Council convened. Pope John XXIII who called the Council died in June 1963 and was replaced by Pope Paul XI. While Pope Paul had the authority not to call the Council back in session, he wanted to see what the Spirit had in store for the Church.

With several changes in the format and direction, Pope Paul presided over the remaining three sessions of the Council and began the challenging work of implementing the teaching of the Council to the Church. This second session lasted until December 8, 1963.