O EVERLASTING God, who has ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant, that as your holy Angels always do you service in heaven, so by your appointment they may aid and defend us on earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Daniel 10:10-19a; Psalm 103:17-22; Revelation 12:7-12; Matthew 18:1-10
Today we remember and celebrate the invisible realms of God’s creation – the whole diverse orders of angels and archangels, particularly with Michael as their leader. His role as a warrior against Satan and his armies is highlighted in both the Old and New Testament readings. And, remembering that they do this battle for our sake (and especially for the young and innocent as described in the Gospel), we both ask God for their continual protection over us, and that we can join in their unending worship of Him in heaven.