Archangel Uriel The fire of God. Enlighter of mental and bodily feelings.
Prayer to the Archangel Uriel Oh holy St. Uriel, come to our aid with your legion of angels! Intercede for us that our hearts may burn with the fire of God. Obtain for us the grace to use the sword of truth to fight against all that is not in conformity to the most adorable will of God in our lives.
Today (September 29) is Michaelmas, aka The Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel aka The Feast of Saint Michael and All the Angels aka The Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael.
Michael is one of only two angels referred to by name in primary biblical canon. He appears in the book of Daniel, but is best known as the archangel who defeats Satan and his armies in the War in Heaven in the book of Revelation, which means he will win the battle against Satan in the end times/has already beaten Satan following his rebellion/both, depending on who you choose to believe.
As the long winter nights approach, we need to celebrate a heroic force willing to fight back the forces of darkness.
Here are the things you should do today to honor Heaven’s five star general and mark the end of the harvest season:
Settle all your accounts
If you are a peasant, it is time to elect a reeve
Hold a procession and attend horse games, such as races and plowing matches
Pick a Michaelmas daisy and say this rhyme: “The Michaelmas daisies, among dead weeds/Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds”
Look at a duck and forecast the winter weather by remembering this maxim: “If ducks do slide at Michaelmas, at Christmas they will swim; If ducks do swim at Michaelmas, at Christmas they will slide.”
Eat a stubble-goose! As the saying goes, “Eat a goose on Michaelmas Day, want not for money all the year.”
Carry your mop to the mop fair, maybe get a mopping job
Pick blackberries for the last time this year! As today marks the day Lucifer was cast out of heaven, remember how he landed on a brambly blackberry bush and cursed the bush with his fiery breath and spit and peed all over it. Do not eat a blackberry tomorrow unless you want Satan’s pee in your mouth. Make a pie with that last batch of berries you picked today.
Bake the Struan Micheil aka St Michael’s bannock, a special bread made from equal parts barley, oats, and rye, sometimes made without any metal implements. Take these loaves to an early morning mass to be blessed, and then distribute them to the poor in the name of friends who have died.