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Guess what day it is?
(The title of this post should be a clue.)

Today is the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Alas, I have yet to draw or paint anything that is worthy of celebrating these three angels that sit before the throne of God and serve as His messengers. Maybe one day, I will have the time to get to it. In the meantime, I should probably use whatever few minutes I have in between incubation times to memorize the Angelus. As I am still in the lab on this somewhat gray and cloudy Saturday with no lights on (as I am using fluorescent compounds...not because I am feeling like Smeagol the recluse), I may just have to try it. Traditionally, it is prayed at 6am and 12pm, so I still have some time. A partial indulgence is granted for devout recitation of this prayer daily and according to protocol (sorry, in a lab and this is the only word that fits at the moment). For more information on this prayer (and much more), please visit Catholic In the meantime, the Angelus:

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. 

The Angelus by Jean-Fran├žois Millet (1857–59)
For a more in depth description of this Feast Day and the patronages of Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel...please check out this pretty informative post by Catholic Culture.

It was so informative, I learned that Saint Gabriel is the patron Saint of Portugal. I always figured it was Saint Michael...but I guess that may only be for the village my mom was from.

I've already commemorated this day by praying through each angel, placing one of my three biggest intentions under each angel's care.

Prayer Guide
Saint 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 Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel,
we beseech thee,
do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities,
that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation,
so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same,
and sing the praise of Godforever in the land of the living.

Blessed Saint Raphael, Archangel,
We beseech thee to help us in all our needs and trials of this life,
as thou, through the power of God, didst restore sight and give guidance to young Tobit.
We humbly seek thine aid and intercession,
that our souls may be healed,
our bodies protected from all ills,
and that through divine grace we may be made fit
to dwell in the eternal Glory of God in heaven. 

Pax Vobiscum

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