Saturday, June 21, 2014

Guardian of the Blessed Sacrament

One of the more beautiful aspects of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form is the prominence of the Archangel Michael.  At the beginning of the Mass, his name is invoked in the Confiteor.  At the offertory the priest asks, through the intercession of St. Michael, that God grant His blessing upon the "spotless oblation."   It is Michael who is referred to as the incense bearer "standing at the right hand of the altar of Incense." And during the Canon (The Roman Canon that is also used by orthodox priests in  the Ordinary Form) the priest prays that God will  command His angel to bring the Consecrated oblation to His Holy Throne in Heaven.  

According to tradition, it is St. Michael the Archangel who collects all the particles that fall from the Host during Holy Communion and watches over them with such care that none can be lost or desecrated.

Perhaps in this time of heightened concern about the protection and safety of the Blessed Sacrament in our Tabernacles, we might invoke St. Michael's help that what happened in Milan might never be repeated again.

Supported by the intercession of blessed Michael, Thine Archangel, we humbly entreat Thee, O Lord, that the service we pay with our lips, we may lay hold of with our minds.  Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever, Amen.

(From the Mass for the Dedication of St Michael in the Traditional Latin Liturgy)

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