Two festivals today, for those who keep festivals.
Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, which heralds a ten day time of reflection ahead of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Michealas, the day of St Michael and All Angels, a day that was introduced to the church calendar to 'Christianise' the pre-existing pagan rituals that surrounded the autumn equinox.
I'm not much into angelology, and since I learned the word simply means 'messenger' and that the Bible (NT) translates the word differently in differnet contexts, I've always been extra wary.
But these four 'arch-angels of the Lord', three of whom are named in the OT, and are probably part of a bigger group, traditionally numbering seven, who are they?
Michael - the head honcho angel - whose name means "who is like the Lord?"
Gabriel - the Christmas angel - whose name means something like "God is my strength" or "strong one of God"
Raphael - no, not, so far as I am aware a teenage mutant ninja turtle angel, nor yet an artist - whose name means "God heals"
Uriel - the one who is only named in the aprochrypha - whose name means something like "Light of God" or "Flame of God"
Just wondering if maybe messenger and message can in some way be conflated :
There is none like God -
God is my strength
God is my healer
God is my light
A busy day ahead, with zillions of pastoral things involved, so good to start with a few moments beign reminded of God's promises. PAYG today centred on the encounter of Jesus with the very human Nathaniel, whose name means 'gift of God'. I guess the thing for me to take with me into the day is, 'how can I be a gift of God (ie from God) to those I meet today?'