29th September

Michael – Angel Leader

Then Michael, one of the chief angels, came to help me, because I had been left there alone. Daniel 10: 13

In the New Testament Michael is named as the chief of the angels (Jude 9). The Book of Revelation depicts him as throwing down the dragon, a picture of Satan, who can come in the form of anti-Christ in any age. The first Celtic evangelists introduced Christianity to a society that was under the spell of many kinds of magical and unseen powers. They often built places of Christian worship on high places that had previously been dedicated to such powers; and these churches were often dedicated to Michael. Two well known examples of such Celtic foundations, built as a result of God giving direction to a Christian leader in the area, are Mont St. Michel in Britanny and St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.

Thou Michael the victorious
I make my circuit under thy shield
Thou Michael of the white steed
And of the brilliant blades
Conqueror of the dragon
Be thou at my back
Thou ranger of the heavens
Thou warrior of the King of all
O Michael victorious
My pride and my guide
O Michael the victorious
The glory of mine eye.
I make my circuit
In the fellowship of the saint
On the grass sward, on the meadow
On the cold leathery hill.
Though I should travel ocean
And the hard globe of the world
No harm can ever befall me
Neath the shelter of thy shield
O Michael victorious
The jewel of my heart
O Michael the victorious
God’s shepherd thou art
Carmina Gadelica