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Bishop’s Note: January 19, 2017 – Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel

One of my great pleasures is to visit with all the congregations in the diocese to worship the Lord. Each congregation has its own nuances and flare. One church, St. David’s, San Rafael, has a unique finish – the congregation prays in unison the prayer of St. Michael the Archangel:

“St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly
pray; and do thou, o prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander though the world for the ruin of souls. Amen”

I am struck by the
acknowledgement that as we leave the altar and security of the Christian family – the church – we head into a world that is hostile to our Lord and hostile to us as his adopted children.

I am struck by the
acknowledgement that we are, indeed, in a battle. Scripture uses this image often and we should find it instructive. St. Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Again St. Paul tells us in his second letter to the church in Corinth: “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” (2 Cor. 10:4) And St. Peter tells us: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith." (1 Peter 5:8-9)

I am struck by the
acknowledgement that we are in need of defenders in this spiritual battle that we are engaged in. It is becoming the spiritual practice in our family to conclude our Morning and Evening Prayers with the prayer of St. Michael the Archangel, and I commend it to you as well.

I pray you all a very blessed week.

Bishop Menees

January 8-13
Bishop @ College of Bishop's Meeting in Melbourne, FL
January 15
Bishop @ Christ Church - Oakhurst, for their last day in current location
January 19
Deadline for Registration for Vestry/Bishop's Committee Retreat on Feb. 3-5
January 20-21
Bishop in San Francisco for Walk for Life on January 21st
January 21
Diocesan Council Meeting
January 22
Bishop @ St. Luke's - Merced, for their last day in current location
February 3-5
First Vestry Retreat
February 12
Bishop @ St. Alban's - Los Banos, for their last day in current location
February 14
Rural Deans
February 16
Deadline for Registration for Vestry/Bishop's Committee Retreat on March 3-5
February 18
Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Goal-Setting/Visioning Retreat
February 19
Bishop @ St. Anselm's - Elk Grove
February 20
Diocesan Office Closed - President's Day
February 23-24
Bishop @ Meeting in Dallas
March 1
Deadline for ACNA Parochial Reports
March 3-5
Vestry/Bishop's Committee Retreat Option 2
San Joaquin Anglican
Bishop's Call to Prayer
Thirty-nine Articles of Religion
X. Of Free-Will

The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith; and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.

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