Thought for the Week

27 Sep 2017

This week we commemorate the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels and all Holy Guardian Angels.

As we continue on our journey through the new school year with all the challenges and opportunities it brings, it’s good to pause and remember that God our Father, in His love and care for us has given each one of us a special angel to guard us and help us.  Angels are important in Judaism, Christianity and Islam as they are mentioned many times in sacred scripture of the Bible, the Torah and Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament & Apocrypha) and in the holy Qur’an.

In the Bible we read in the book of Psalms, Psalm 91, verses 11 and 12;

“God will put His angels in charge of you, to protect you wherever you go.  They will hold you up in their hands, to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.” GNB

Jesus Himself, during His earthly life spoke about and was ministered to by angels.  When Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights before He began His ministry, angels came and refreshed Him after His temptation there by Satan.  Later, in the Garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus began His suffering and Passion for us, an angel came and strengthened Him.

In Independent Schools, this time of year and School Term is known as Michaelmas Term.  There are also lovely flowers called ‘Aster amellus’ , which we know as Michaelmas daisies and they flower around this time of year.  We have some in school in the 50th Anniversary garden which will become our Peace Garden later on this Term and will be a place of prayer and reflection as we seek to honour our Blessed Lady, Our Lady of Lourdes.  Not only is Our Lady of Lourdes the Patroness of our Catholic MAC of Schools, she is also Patroness of our Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.  She is Queen of the Angels and her prayers too can help us as we journey through life.

Mary welcomed the holy Archangel Gabriel when he announced that she was to become the Mother of Jesus.  She said her ‘yes’ to the Angel and Our Saviour was able to come to us.  May the prayers of Our Lady help us to say our ‘yes’ to God, whatever that may bring for us.  May we seek to live and do God’s will, knowing that as we do, He will send His holy angels to be with us, to guide us and comfort us when we need His touch.

We can be sure that we too can pray to God and ask Him to send our Guardian Angel to help us in our time of need.

O angel of God, my Guardian dear

to whom God’s love commits me here.

Ever this day (night) be at my side

to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Another powerful prayer that is sometimes forgotten yet which is a traditional prayer of the Church and is said after praying the Rosary , after Holy Mass and before bed or travelling is the prayer to St Michael the Archangel.  He threw the disgraced Archangel Lucifer who became Satan out of heaven along with all the wicked angels who chose to reject and rebel against God, as they chose not to serve God but sought their own power.  He can help us too when we are in great spiritual need. St Michael is also Patron of Police Officers and members of the Armed Forces.

Holy Michael the Archangel,

Defend us in the day of battle.

Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,

By the power of God, thrust down into Hell Satan and all wicked spirits

who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.