Michaelmas 2015

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(Coloring page from here.)

We had a very quiet Michaelmas celebration this year, but I think it was quite lovely. Here is some of what we have done in the past. This year, I made my now annual blackberry cake (blackberry cake because of the story from the British Isles that says when St. Michael threw Lucifer out of Heaven, Lucifer landed on a blackberry bush and cursed the fruit. Therefore, you are supposed to use up your blackberries before the end of Michaelmas). I used this recipe but added a half cup of yogurt to the batter (this addition makes for a really moist cake) and traded out the raspberries for blackberries. Serve it with some whipped cream and it is a delicious and not too sweet dessert. While we ate our dessert, we light a candle for St. Michael.

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The little one and I also made these lovely angel ornaments from the Catholic Sistas’ blog. One side has an angel you can color in, the other side has a prayer to the angel. I hung them on the front of one of our corner cabinets in our dining room, and then I see the prayers whenever I open the door to get something out. I like that a lot.michaelmas michaelmas4 michaelmas5

We used my good Prismacolor colored pencils to color them. Aah! Such a difference in quality between those and crayola.michaelmas6 michaelmas7 michaelmas8

(Here’s the kiddo showing our new kitty Purrdy St. Gabriel.)michaelmas9 michaelmas10

We also put out some lovely wood angel figures I have, along with a wood dragon and little knight figure that I had made to look like the Kiddo. We all have our “dragons” to battle, and Michaelmas is a good day to remember to stay strong and courageous in the face of them.

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We also read all of the angels’ pages in Saints and Angels, plus this sweet little picture book called How to Draw a Dragon. It is a cute book about kids drawing their own version of a dragon. If you want to get deeper and tie it in even more with St. Michael battling evil, you could read the story, draw a dragon with your kiddo, and then have a great discussion on what adversities they might face and how to stay strong in the face of them.michaelmas3

To close, here is a traditional prayer to St. Michael:

St. 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 power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Michaelmas 2015

  1. I love seeing your posts and the great way you are living the faith everyday and teaching your beautiful boy! Such a cute new kittie as well😀

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