Michaelmas Contemplation

There is a reason why humanity today is so far from having a true understanding of Michael’s nature. People essentially view the meaning of history in the sequence of outward events, in the shift of power-structures, in the successes and failures of human accomplishments and striving. As yet, they do not pay proper attention to the fact that a most important aspect of history lies in the evolution of consciousness. The genius and leader of humanity through the various metamorphoses of consciousness is the Archangel Michael.

(The Rhythm of the Christian Year Emil Bock)




I see his face in every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but his voice – and carven by his power
Rocks are his written words…’
Extract of a poem by Joseph Plunkett (1887-1916)

Into the summer expansiveness, flowers and plants have offered themselves in
growth towards the sun. In later July they begin to give nourishment to the soil again. The tall grasses
in the fields send 70% of their sugars back into the soil in late summer as a thank-you
for the minerals it had received. The soil in turn becomes more nutritious and
helps grass grow even taller next year (healthy grass from
nutritious soil should grow up to our shoulders!).

The later summer period is linked with the feeling of a need to give something to
others and to the earth, because we have been endowed by the gift of the
summer sun and the earth’s generosity. Any act of kindness, no matter how
small, nourishes our community, here in the life of the church, but also in the
wider sense of a global community as it is permeated quietly by Him, who looks
at us through the life of the growing Earth.
– Revd Selina Horn (of the Stroud church)