Saints and Feasts in September 2015

I planned to get this up on Friday but things happen. 🙂 Tomorrow is the first day of September (!), so without further ado, here are the list of saints and feasts:

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Saints and Feasts

September 3:  St Gregory the Great, Pope & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

September 8: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (feast)

September 9: St. Peter Claver, priest (obligatory memorial)

September 14: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (feast)

September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows (obligatory memorial)

September 16: St. Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs (optional memorial)

September 17: St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

September 19: St. Januarius, bishop and martyr (optional memorial)

September 21: St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist (feast)

September 23: St. Pius of Pietrelcina, priest “St. Padre Pio” (obligatory memorial)

September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (optional memorial)

September 28: St. Wenceslaus, martyr (optional memorial)

September 28: St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

September 29: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels (feast)

September 30: St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

September is traditionally dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

For some, school has started all ready, for many of us school begins in September. For us, home school begins September 9th.

September 7: Labor Day (USA and Canada)

September 11: Patriot Day (USA), Remembrance of the attack at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

September 13: Grandparents day

September 23: Autumn begins

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Saint Michael, the Archangel

Today is the feast of the great Archangel, St. Michael (along with st. Raphael and Gabriel). His intercession is so necessary and important in these uncertain times when it seems like evil and darkness and overcoming the world.

Saint Michael

But, we must take heart! The victory has already been won in Christ and we have St. Michael battling on our side! Evil will not overcome, and even in our darkest days we must remember that in the end, God will prevail. No matter what is battling against us, we must take courage and continuing fighting the good fight.

It is so important to have devotion to Saint Michael and we should pray the prayer of St. Michael every day! Did you know that the prayer to St. Michael that most of us are familiar with is the shortened version of the original St. Michael Prayer? The original prayer is quite powerful and it would be good to pray the longer version regularly, too.

Here’s the longer version of St. Michael in video form:

By the way, this devotion is something not only for ourselves. We should endeavor to instill devotion to St. Michael in our children. We can teach them and encourage them to pray the prayer to St. Michael every day – even make it a regular part of morning or evening prayers.

If your family doesn’t  have a particular devotion to St. Michael, today would be a great day to start! Many of us Catholic moms do different activities to mark special feast days anyway, and today is definitely an important day of the church calendar and worth celebrating.

A quick search online will bring up different activities and crafts to do; and, if you are the crafty type you can probably put together some fun ways to teach your children about St. Michael (and the other Archangels). Unfortunately, I’m not very crafty. I will read about St. Michael in our saints book, have him color this coloring page and plan a special meal and dessert (Angel food cake, of course!) similar to what I found here.

What are you doing (or have done) in your family to commemorate this feast?

St. Michael the Archangel, Pray for us!

The Archangel Saint Michael

Saint Michael

“Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.”  Revelation 12:7-9

The feast of the Archangels is one of my favorite feasts. In our spiritual battles it is comforting to know that St. Michael and the other angels are there fighting for us and watching over us!

Many people know the prayer to Saint Michael; but, did you know that the prayer is condensed? There is an original prayer that is longer – and very powerful. I pray the longer version over my family about once a month. You can find the original prayer and other prayers to Saint Michael here. (When you click the link the website has music that starts automatically, so scroll down a bit and you’ll see the player to turn the music off.)

Not to leave them out, today is also the feast day of St. Gabriel the Archangel and St. Raphael the Archangel. Here are some prayers to St. Gabriel and here are some prayers to St. Raphael.

May the archangels watch over you and protect you all the days of your life. Happy feast day everyone.