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St Michael and All Angels

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Angels and Dragons

Today is the feast of St Michael and All Angels, otherwise known as Michaelmas.

Angels with Thuribles at St Mary's Cathedral

Angels with Thuribles at St MAry

In the Anglican tradition, the angels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are celebrated on this day. In some case Uriel (Auriel) is also included. At St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow the festival was kept in magnificent style.

The evening Eucharist service used Mozart’s Spatsenmesse (Sparrow Mass) sung by the choir, including the trebles, under the direction of Frikki Walker, with Geoff Woollatt on organ and piano. Familiar hymns were sung, although not usually associated with this time of year.

  • It came upon a midnight clear – the word make significant references to angels, although usually associated with Christmas
  • First Reading – Genesis 28: 10-17 – Recalling Jacob’s dream at Bethel when he saw angels ascending and descending the stairway between heaven and earth
  • Psalm 148 – a psalm of praise, with the first reference of dragons
  • Second Reading – Revelation 12: 7-12 – Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon
  • When a knight won his spurs in times of old – more about dragons
  • Gospel – John 1: 47-51 – Jesus telling of heaven opening and angels ascending and decending.
  • Homily – Cedric Blakey
  • For all the Saints – For me the highlight of this hymn is the second half of the penulitmate verse, where the words King of Glory are emphasised at a slower speed. The beginning of the final verse returns to original tempo.
  • Anthem – Angels’ Carol: John Rutter – Another carol about angels
  • Angel voices ever singing – The final hymn with words by Francis Pott and music by Edwin Monk.

    All in all a wonderful service, and rounded off with refreshments allowing the congregation to mingle and discuss the service (and other issues of the day).

    More blogs on the service:

  • From Beth
  • From Kelvin

    Author: Stewart

    An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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