An angelic meal, archangel “stained-glass” craft and books about Sts. Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael will make celebrating the Feast of the Archangels a special day for your family.
by Tracy Bua Smith
Angels appear many times in the Bible, but the only ones who are named are Sts. Gabriel, Michael and Raphael. Their feast day is Sept. 29, and it is also known as Michaelmas, short for “St. Michael’s Mass.” St. Gabriel appears in the visions of Daniel, and appears to Mary in the Gospel of Luke. St. Michael appears in the Book of Daniel as the defender of Israel, and in the Book of Revelation leading God’s army against Satan. St. Raphael is featured in the Book of Tobit, guiding a young man on a fantastic quest.
We started celebrating this special feast day two years ago, and I’m still learning more about it!
Prepping for the feast
As we had in the past, in the morning I set up the kitchen table with books, statues and the symbolic food we were going to eat that day. The book on the stand is Saints and Angels, on the left is An Alphabet of Angels. The book that is opened is Treasure Box book #18, and then on the far right is Angels for Kids that I had won from Catholic Child on Catholic Child’s Facebook page. Angels for Kids has a chapter titled “The Archangels” which gives interesting information about each of the Archangels.
Create “stained glass” archangel artwork
Right after breakfast, we made an archangel craft while I read from our book collection. I printed off free archangel printables at Catholic Sistas. We turned the printables into “stained-glass” projects using tissue paper scraps. Then we tied the prayers to each archangel, and I typed out what each name meant. Here are photos from our project.
Eat an angelic lunch with angel hair pasta and sweet clouds for dessert
We had an “angelic” lunch. On the menu we had angel hair pasta with alfredo sauce and angel food cake with “clouds” (homemade whipped cream) and blackberries. Blackberries are symbolic of Michaelmas as explained with this recipe for Michaelmas Blackberry Cobbler at Catholic Cuisine.
I printed the archangel printable on our cake from Happy Saints and saved it from previous celebrations.
More angelic fun
I found this graphic on Catholic Link’s Facebook page which I think is beautiful!
If you would like to see more ways to celebrate the Feast of the Archangels be sure to visit:
- Peanut Butter and Grace‘s post titled 7 Ways to Celebrate the Feast of the Angels.
- Catholic Mommy Blogs posted other ways to incorporate the Feast of the Archangels into your meal.
- Catholic Icing posted Celebrate Michaelmas-St. Michael and all the Archangels! with a list of fun ideas.
- Life, Love & Sacred Heart has a free St. Michael the Archangel printable prayer card.
Prayer to Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
Heavenly King, You have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. Saint Michael is our protector; I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger. Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; I ask him to help me clearly hear Your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel; I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to Your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy angels, pray for us. Amen.