Saturday, 22 October 2011

Synaxis of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel and All the Bodiless Powers—8th November

On this day we celebrate the archangels and these are:

Michael: "Who is like God"
Gabriel: "Power of God" or "man of God"
Raphael: "God’s Healing" or "God the Healer"
Uriel: "Fire" or "Light of God"
Salathiel: "One who prays to God"
Jegudiel: "One who glorifies God"
Barachiel: "The blessing of God"
Jeremiel: "God’s Exaltation"
We celebrate all the angelic hosts in November because it follows nine months after March, in which month the world was created. Nine months for the nine orders of angels as outlined by Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. These orders are: six-winged Seraphim, many-eyed Cherubim, Godly Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
It was Saint Michael who first cried out "Let us attend! Let us stand aright; let us stand with fear". This is heard every Sunday and the response is the same one given by the Angelic host, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth: heaven and earth are full of Your Glory."
Saints of Britain: Saint Winifride—3rd November

Winifride (or Gwenfrewi in Welsh) was the niece of Saint Beuno the Wonderworker and she lived further up the valley from his cell.Caradoc, the son of a local chieftain attempted to seduce her but she repelled him and ran towards her uncle’s chapel for sanctuary. Caradoc flew into a rage, pursued her and cut off her head. Her uncle came to her and through fervent prayer, replaced her head and she was brought back to life.After this, Winifride entered the monastic life under the spiritual guidance of Saint Eleri. Eventually, Saint Winifride travelled west to the hills above the Conwy valley and founded there a monastery of nuns in the village of Gwytherin. She left this world in the year 650 and was laid to rest by Saint Eleri.