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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn Christian celebrations

CHRISTIANITY: The Christian Church replaced earlier Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations during Medieval times, with Christianized observances. Replacing the fall equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael, on SEP-29. "His feast was celebrated with a traditional well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble of the fields after the harvest. In many places, a there was also a tradition of special large loaves of bread made only for that day. By Michaelmas the harvest had to be completed and the new cycle of farming would begin. It was a time for beginning new leases, rendering accounts and paying the annual dues."

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world -- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

-- Revelation 12:7-9 [RSV

   St. Michael is patron of knights, policemen, soldiers, paramedics, ambulance drivers, etc., and also danger at sea, for the sick, and of a holy death. He is usually depicted in art carrying a sword and/or shield, battling Satan.

  I am a few days late with this post but found it most interesting to research the Christian observance of Michaelmas.  In Europe, it was the time to take care of accounts and pay what was owed.  Also a celebration of the harvest and the new planting to come.  I hope you enjoyed learning more about the fall solstice.

It is beautiful here today, a nice cool 63 degrees and sunny, my kind of day.  Have a most blessed Sunday!

My Christian heart to yours...

1 comment:

Ginny said...

Of course I have heard of Michaelmas, but never really knew what it was, so I love learning this! Had no idea it even had anything to do with the angel!