St. Michael is one of the archangels named in the bible. His feast day is September 29, the “Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.” We observe this every year as our patron feast on the last Sunday of September. We celebrate with baptism and a Prayers of the People specific to our history and vision.
St. Michael is referenced in both the Old and New Testaments. In the book of Revelation he is the one who leads the forces of God against the forces of Satan in the ultimate battle. GUESS WHO WINS? Satan is defeated and for this reason the most common artwork depicting St. Michael is an angel trampling upon a serpentine figure. The next time you come to the altar take a close look at the sculpture in front of the ambo*. It is St. Michael standing triumphantly on a defeated horned Devil. (The sculpture was made and donated to St. Michaels by the husband of a seminarian who did her field education at St. Michaels.) St. Michael is a biblical symbol that despite what we may be experiencing in our own lives, despite what we may be seeing in the news, reveals to us that all evil shall be defeated. God and good win in the end! Alleluia!
— The Rev. Robby Vickery
*”Ambo” is the church furniture term for a lectern used for reading, preaching, and praying during worship.