Posted September 28, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

以後,天上就發生了戰爭:彌額爾和他的天使一同與那龍交戰,那龍也和牠的使者一起應戰,但牠們敵不住,在天上遂再也沒有牠們的地方了。於是那大龍被摔了下來,牠就是那遠古的蛇,號稱魔鬼或撒殫的。那欺騙了全世界的,被摔到地上,牠的使者也同牠一起被摔了下來。那時我聽見天上有大聲音說:「如今我們的天主獲得了勝利、權能和國度,也顯示了他基督的權柄,因為那日夜在我們的天主前,控告我們弟兄的控告者,已被摔下去了。他們賴羔羊的血和他們作證的話,得勝了那條龍,因為他們情願犧牲自己的性命死了。為此,高天和住在那裡的,你們歡樂罷!
默示錄 12:7-12

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9月29日,多倫多總教區慶祝聖彌額爾主保瞻禮。聖彌額爾是七位總領天使之一,亦被視為眾總領天使之首。在今天的讀經二,聖若望默示錄這樣記載:「天上就發生了戰爭:彌額爾和他的天使一同與那龍交戰,那龍也和牠的使者一起應戰,但牠們敵不住,在天上遂再也沒有牠們的地方了。於是那大龍被摔了下來,牠就是那遠古的蛇,號稱魔鬼或撒殫的。那欺騙了全世界的,被摔到地上,牠的使者也同牠一起被摔了下來。」

聖彌額爾的名字的意思是:誰相似天主?面對邪惡,當魔鬼的惡意似乎得逞時,這名字提醒我們沒有任何困難比天主的愛更大。聖彌額爾是我們緊急時可以請求的援助。教宗良十三世撰寫了一篇祈求聖彌額爾的禱文,當我們覺得力有不逮或面對誘惑時,讓我們懇求聖彌額爾把魔鬼擊退:

聖彌額爾總領天使,在戰爭的日子裏保衛我們,免我們陷入魔鬼邪惡的陰謀,和奸詐的陷阱中,我們謙卑地祈求,但願上主譴責牠。上主萬軍的統帥,求你因上主的威能,把徘徊人間,引誘人靈,使其喪亡的撒殫及其他邪靈,拋下地獄裏去。亞孟。

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.”
Revelation 12:7-12

On September 29, the Archdiocese of Toronto celebrates the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, patron of our Archdiocese. St. Michael is one of the seven archangels, and is also known to be the leader of all the archangels. In today’s second reading, St. John wrote in Revelation: “War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.”

The name Michael signifies “Who is like God?” In the face of evil, when the devil’s plan seems to prevail, this name reminds us that there is no difficulty greater than God’s love. St. Michael is the help available to us at times of emergency. Pope Leo XIII composed the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. When we feel overwhelmed or struggle with temptations, let us ask for St. Michael’s help to defeat Satan:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


FLL Editorial Team