Return to Michaelmas
Saturday November 08th 2008, 3:01 am
Filed under: Patristics

On the Byzantine calendar, today’s the feast of St. Michael the Archangel and the Angelic Hosts. Devotion to my heavenly namesake was very well developed, very early in the Church’s history. Before Constantine’s peace, there were churches dedicated to St. Michael in Rome and in Egypt. And he appears often in early Coptic art. For the goods, see this book — and prepare to be wowed.

St. Michael is the patron of my ancestral city of Caltanissetta, Sicily.

In your kindness, pray today for all bloggers named Michael who happened to be born on Byzantine St. Michael’s day.

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Prayers and best wishes on your “onomastico.” Perhaps, you can celebrate by breaking out the “Averna”–I’m pretty sure it orginiates in Caltanissetta. Are you familiar with it? Can’t get it here in Ohio for some strange reason. Auguri, Vito

Comment by vito 11.08.08 @ 12:04 pm

Hey, that would be you, right? Happiness and blessing to you! My son is choosing St. Michael as his patron as he is receiving Confirmation next Eastertide.

Comment by Marie 11.09.08 @ 12:50 am

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