Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Feast of St Michael

Today is an important feast day in the church because it is the solemnity of St Michael and the Archangels.   

Was reading a bit about St Michael and stumbled upon some interesting things:

At this time of year, the Aster (Aster nova-belgii) blooms, and it has become known as the Michaelmas Daisy (see picture at right). The Michaelmas Daisy comes in many colors, from white to pink to purple. An old verse goes:
Michaelmas DaisiesThe Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds,
Bloom for St Michael's valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.
(The Feast of SS. Simon and Jude is 28 October) An old custom surrounds Michaelmas Daisies; one plucks off the petals one by one thus: pull a petal while saying ""S/he loves me," then pull of the next while saying "S/he loves me not," and repeat until all petals are gone. The words one intones while pulling off the last petal lets one know if one's love is requited.

 ...When you cut up your apples, cross-section.....seeds inside the 5-pointed star represent the Five Wounds of Christ.  (

detailed info on this could be found here.

Happy Feast day!