Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael and the All Angelic Powers

Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jegudiel, and Barachiel

November 8, 2019

Archangel Michael Luke 10:16-22 - "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." (RSV - Gospel for November 8th) 

The Power of Christ – The authority that the Seventy carried to rebuke evil spirits and the power of crushing Satan was not given to them that they might be regarded with admiration. It was given to them so that Christ would be glorified by their means. Those whom they taught would believe that He was by nature God and the Son of God. He was invested with so great glory and supremacy and might, as to be even able to bestow upon others the power of trampling Satan under their feet. (St. Cyril of Alexandria)

Scripture 

  • Vespers: Joshua 5:13-15, Judges 6:7, 11-24, Isaiah 14:6-20
  • Matins: Matthew 13:24-30, 36b-43
  • Divine Liturgy: Hebrews 2:2-10, Luke 10:16-22

The icon of is of the Archangel Michael.


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