On September 25 we will observe the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. The day of St. Michael is September 29, but the topic of angels is fascinating, and it provides a nice turning point for the last part of the church year. You can prepare for worship with the resources included below by clicking "Read More."
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LCMS Lectionary Summary
Daniel 10:10–14; 12:1–3
Matthew 18:1–11 or Luke 10:17–20
Our Father in Heaven Protects His Children by Giving His Holy Angels Charge Over Them
We live in “a time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), in the midst of great tribulation. Satan and his wicked angels have been thrown out of heaven and have come down to earth “in great wrath,” with woeful “temptations to sin” and with constant accusations (Rev. 12:8–12; Matt. 18:7). Even so, we are encouraged by the presence and protection of St. Michael and the holy angels, whom God sends to help us in the strife (Dan. 10:11–13). By “the authority of his Christ,” His holy angels guard and keep us in body and soul. These heavenly servants of God preserve His human messengers on earth, the ministers of “the blood of the Lamb,” against all the power of the enemy, for by “the word of their testimony,” the Church is saved and the devil is defeated (Rev. 12:10–11; Luke 10:18–19). By their preaching and Baptism of repentance, the old Adam and the old evil foe are “drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6). As God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so are His people delivered and raised from the dust of the earth through the forgiveness of their sins (Dan. 12:1–3).
For the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, we will briefly return to Divine Service, Setting 1 before changing to Setting 5 for the month of October. This setting allows us to to sing songs about the angels as well as join our voices to the angels in their heavenly song. This Is the Feast will be the Hymn of Praise, which is the song that the angels sing around the throne of God in the book of Revelation. Similarly, the Sanctus is the song of the angels in Isaiah's vision of the Lord's throne room.
Our entrance rite will begin with the Introit from Psalm 103, which includes the verse, "Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!" The Gradual echoes the Introit and adds from Psalm 91, "He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways," and joins Old Testament Reading to the Second Reading from Revelation. The Common Alleluia and Verse from John 6:68 will prepare us to hear the Holy Gospel.
The Proper Preface is a seasonal prayer in the communion liturgy that gives thanks to God for the service of cherubim and seraphim and all the orders of angels.
It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Through Him Your majesty is praised by all the holy angels and celebrated with one accord by the heavens and all the powers therein. The cherubim and seraphim sing Your praise, and with them we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying: Holy, holy, holy...
This week's hymns focus on the angels.
The hymn numbers are for Lutheran Service Book (LSB).