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For Friday September 29th, the following is recognized from the Treasury of Daily Prayer: St. Michael and All Angels : The name of the archangel St. Michael means “Who is like God?” Michael is mentioned in the book of Daniel (12:1), as well as in Jude (v.9) and Revelation (12:7). Daniel portrays Michael as the angelic helper of Israel who leads the battle against the forces of evil. In Revelation, Michael and his angels fight against and defeat Satan and the evil angels, driving them from heaven. Their victory is made possible by Christ’s own victory over Satan in His death and resurrection, a victory announced by the voice in heaven: “Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ  have come” Revelation (12:10). Michael is often associated with Gabriel and Raphael , the other chief angels who surround the throne of God. Tradition names Michael as the patron and the protector of the Church, especially as the protector of Christians at the hour of death.

Propers for use with Matins and Vespers: Antiphon He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm (1:11) Responsory L: The Lord Jesus will be reveald from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8) When the Lord Jesus comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:10) Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. C: For He will command His angels concerning you to gurad you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)

Today, Saturday September 30, from the Treasury of Daily Prayer  we recognize Jerome, Translator of Holy Scripture. Jerome was born in a little village on the Adriatic Sea around A.D. 345. At a young age, he went to study in Rome, where he was baptized. After extensive travels, he chose the life of a monk and spent five years in the Syrian Desert. There he learned Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament. After ordination at Antioch and visits to Rome and Constantinople, Jerome settled in Bethlehem. From the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, he used his ability with languages to translate the Bible into Latin, the common language of this time. This translation, called the Vulgate, was the authoritative version of the Bible in the Western Church for more than a thousand years. Concidered one of the great scholars of the Early Church, Jerome died on September 30, 420. He was originally interred at Bethlehem, but his remains were eventually taken to Rome.

Alan Lyght