The Glorious Archangels
Bless the Lord, all ye His angels; you that are mighty in strength,
and execute His word, harkening to the voice of His orders.
-Introit for Dedication of the St. Michael the Archangel
“Compared with ours,” says one of the most enlightened brethren of the angelic doctor, “how calm and how luminous is the knowledge of pure spirits! They are not doomed to the intricate discoursings of our reason, which runs after the truth, composes and analyzes, and laboriously draws conclusions from premises. They instantaneously apprehend the whole compass of primary truths. Their intuition is so prompt, so lively, so penetrating, that it is impossible for them to be surprised, as we are, into error. If they deceive themselves, it must be of their own will. The perfection of their will is equal to the perfection of their intellect. They know not what it is to be disturbed by the violence of appetites. Their love is without emotion; and their hatred of evil is as calm and as wisely tempered as their love.
Vespers Hymn for Feast of the Archangels
Lord of angels, Christ our loving Savior,
Send holy Michael down among your people,
That he may bring us peace and true assistance
On our life's journey.
Gabriel's presence, strong, unseen and gentle,
Surely protects us if you will but send him
Into this temple, ever glad to help us,
Shielding from evil.
Send holy Raphael tenderly to heal us,
Bringing salvation from our hidden blindness,
And by his counsel may he guide our actions,
Each day and always.
May all the angels constantly attend us,
That we may join them praising the one Godhead;
This we implore you, Jesus ever reigning,
Joy of the angels. Amen.
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