Today is International Coffee Day! So we can’t let that pass without posting this video:
Although, J.S. Bach didn’t seem to like coffee all that much in his Coffee Cantata.
Now, The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels:
It’s one of my favorite feast days. Though, it’s hard to find people who actually observe it. The thing with all Feast Days is that they point us to Christ. If you can’t talk about St. Michael and Angels without talking about Christ, you’ve missed the point.
Hymns for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels are almost as good as Baptism hymns! Michael and All Angels crushing the devil. Jesus crushing Satan and a whole lot of, "You can’t touch me! You’ve been defeated! Christ has made me His! Take that!" So here’s one of those hymns – Christ, the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken (LSB 521):
Christ the Lord of hosts, unshaken By the devil’s seething range,
Thwarts the plan of Satan’s minions; Wins the strive from age to age:
Conquers sin and death forever; Slams them in their steely cage.
Michael fought the heav’nly battle, Godly angels by his side;
Warred against the ancient serpent, Foiled the beast, so full of pride,
Cast him earth-bound with his angels; Now he prowls, unsatisfied.
Long on earth the battle rages, Since the serpent’s first deceit;
Twisted God’s command to Adam Made forbidden fruit look sweet.
Then the curse of God was spoken: "You’ll lie crushed beneath His feet!"
Jesus came, this word fulfilling, Trampled Satan, death defied;
Bore the brunt of our temptation, On the wretched tree He died.
Yet to life was raised victorious; By His life our life supplied.
Swift as lighting falls the tyrant From his heav’nly perch on high
As the word of Jesus’ vict’ry Floods the earth and fills the sky.
Wounded by a wound eternal Now his judgement has drawn night!
Jesus, send Your angel legions When the foe would us enslave.
Hold us fast when sin assaults us; Come, then, Lord, Your people save.
Overthrow at last the dragon; Send him to his fiery grave.
Blessed Feast of St. Michael and All Angels to you!