(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.
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.
We used my good Prismacolor colored pencils to color them. Aah! Such a difference in quality between those and crayola.
(Here’s the kiddo showing our new kitty Purrdy St. Gabriel.)
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.
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.
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.