1st Reading: Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3
Epistle: Revelation 12:7-12
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-11 or Luke 10:17-20
Hymn of the Day: 522 Lord God, to Thee we give all praise
St. Michael and All Angels
Saint Michael, one of the four archangels mentioned in the Bible, the others being Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.
St. Michael is the greatest of all the archangels. He disputes with the Devil over the body of Moses (Jude 9).
St. Michael is honored for his defeat of Lucifer in the battle for the heavens. ‘And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven’ (Revelation 12:7-8).
Lutheran Confessor, Philip Melanchthon, wrote a hymn for this day that is still sung in Lutheran Churches: ‘Lord God to Thee We Give All Praise.’
http://www.encyclopedia.com ‘Michael, Saint’
http://en.wikipedia.org ‘Michael (Archangel)’