Thursday, May 05, 2011

A little triduum for St. Michael Archangel.



Prayers for Michael R.
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Praying very much for my friend Michael R.  He's been reading me since I began blogging in the spring of 2006.  Yep - he frequently disagrees with me, but we remain friends.  He's having some troubles with seizures, I'm guessing a complication of his illness and surgeries.  I've decided to ask Our Lady and St. Michael to take charge of him in preparation for the feast of the Apparition, May 8.  Please pray with us.  Thank you.
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Ant. O most glorious Prince! Michael the Archangel! be mindful of us: here and in all places, ever pray for us to the Son of God. Alleluia.

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R. This is Michael the Archangel, the chief of the Angelic host: He repays, by blessings, the honour shown him by the Faithful; and his prayer leads us to the kingdom of heaven, alleluia.

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V. The Archangel Michael is set over Paradise, and is honoured by the citizens of heaven. * He repays, by blessings, the honour shown him by the Faithful, and his prayer leads us to the kingdom of heaven, alleluia.

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May St. Michael, the Angel of peace, come from heaven into this our temple, and, bringing us sweet peace, drive dismal war back again to hell.
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May the Virgin Queen of Peace, the Mother of Light; may the holy choir of Angels: may all the inhabitants of bright heaven, ever assist and protect us. Amen.

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The story.
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That the blessed Archangel Michael has often appeared to men, is attested both by the authority of sacred Scripture, and by the ancient tradition of the Saints. Hence, the memory of these apparitions is commemorated in divers places. As, heretofore, Michael was honoured by the Synagogue of the Jews as Guardian and Patron, so is he now by the Church of God. A celebrated apparition of the Archangel took place, under the pontificate of Gelasius 1st, in Apulia, on the top of Mount Gargano, at whose foot lies the town of Siponto.

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A bull, belonging to a man who lived on the mountain, having strayed from the herd, was, after much searching, found hemmed fast in the mouth of a cave. One of its pursuers shot an arrow, with a view to rouse the animal by a wound; but the arrow rebounding, struck him that had sent it. This circumstance excited so much fear in the by-standers and in them that heard of it, that no one dared to go near the cave. The inhabitants of Siponto, therefore, consulted the Bishop; who answered, that in order to know God's will, they must spend three days in fasting and prayer.

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At the end of the three days, the Archangel Michael intimated to the Bishop, that the place was under his protection, and that what had occurred was an indication of his will that God should be worshipped there, in honour of himself and the Angels. Whereupon, the Bishop repaired to the cave, together with his people. They found it like a Church in shape, and began to use it for the celebration of the divine service. Many miracles were afterwards wrought there. - Apparition of St. Michael

4 comments:

  1. Mr. Nelson,

    You are a friend indeed, that asks on behalf of those you befriend.

    Que Dios te bendiga.

    pablo

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  2. Right you are, Pablo

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  3. Beautiful. Prayers offered.

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  4. hmmm, all of my comments from this morning did not show up on your blog....

    I love St Michael too. I also prayed for your friend, as well as several others. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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