Saint Michael and the South
Do you want heart-warming news, fellow Southrons? Well, there it is, in those quotation marks: Not only does the South have her own guardian angel, but Dixie is well-nigh full of them – an angel for the whole of us, an angel for each State, an angel for each county, parish, town, hamlet, forest, river, creek, and field.
For faithful Southerners seeking victory over the fallen passions, seeking healing of soul and body, and freedom from foes seen and unseen, this is encouraging to know. For God has bidden the angels to help us in all these things.
The Holy Apostle Paul, his disciple St Dionysius the Areopagite, and other holy men and women reveal the mysteries of the angelic realm to us – the nine ranks of angels, their appointed duties, etc. For example:
Of particular interest to the South in these times when the enemies of God have become quite strong is the Archangel Michael:
And in the New Dispensation of the Risen Lord Jesus, there are events like this:
It is altogether a very natural and fitting thing, then, for Dixie to ask St Michael to come to our aid: ‘We invoke Saint Michael for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle. He conquers all spiritual enemies.’
This is the key, though – We must ask. The Lord and His holy saints and angels are perfectly willing, and ready, to help us (and they do help us in many ways without our knowledge or our request because of their perfect love), but if we do not ask, we will not get much aid from them. Our Lord told us this in His Sermon on the Mount: ‘Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened’ (St Matthew’s Gospel 7:7-8).
Nothing will be given, found, or opened unless we ask, seek, and knock. Thus, we mustn’t be slack in our prayers to St Michael if we want to receive help from him. The Akathist Hymn to St Michael contains this wonderful prayer (given here only in part) with which Dixie may beseech the Holy Archangel:
At then end of the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, a compilation he put together in the 4th century, there are these words:
And this echoes the words of St Paul:
Such is the covering, such is the armor, such is the protection that Dixie can and should put on – Christ, His Most Pure Mother, the Cross, the angelic powers, the Apostles, and all the saints.
Especially in this context, let us hymn, exalt, and pray to St Michael the Archangel, that the Lord would save the South from all her spiritual and physical enemies.
As with St Alfred on Oct. 26th and St Andrew on Nov. 30th, it would be well for us to sing the Akathist Hymn to St Michael together as a people on Nov. 8th.
I look forward to being with you all in spirit on that day as well!
In addition, one could also pray to the Guardian Angels of the South using this Akathist hymn or this canon, substituting ‘Dixie’ or the names of States, towns, neighborhoods, schools, churches, etc., where needed.
(Thanks to Perrin Lovett for pulling my attention in the direction of the Archangel Michael.)
Walt Garlington is a chemical engineer turned writer (and, when able, a planter). He makes his home in Louisiana and is editor of the 'Confiteri: A Southern Perspective' web site.