A thousand thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him
Daniel 7:9 – 14 “While I was watching, thrones were set in place and one most venerable took his seat. His robe was white as snow, the hair of his head as pure as wool. His throne was a blaze of flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A stream of fire poured out, issuing from his presence. A thousand thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was in session and the books lay open. ‘I went on watching: then, because of the noise made by the boastings of the horn, as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed and committed to the flames. The other beasts were deprived of their empire, but received a lease of life for a season and a time. I was gazing into the visions of the night, when I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, as it were a son of man. He came to the One most venerable and was led into his presence. On him was conferred rule, honour and kingship, and all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His rule is an everlasting rule which will never pass away, and his kingship will never come to an end.”
Dearest beloved Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, today on the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Gabriel the Archangel and St. Raphael the Archangel, the three of the princes of Your Angelic choirs and armies, the Angels and Saints continue to add their heavenly songs of praise and adoration they offer You with that of us Your Church on Earth. Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, You created the Angels to help bring humanity and creation closer to You, to protect us and to guard us. Lord God of Hosts, You remind me constantly of Your presence and that of Your Angelic armies, protecting Your Church throughout the world. For Lord, You have made us Your children and given charge to the Angels to protect us from the enemies of our salvation, since the time of the fall to sin.
Revelation 12:7 – 17 “And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of heaven. The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the devil or Satan, who had led all the world astray, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him. Then I heard a voice shout from heaven, ‘Salvation and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ, now that the accuser, who accused our brothers day and night before our God, has been brought down. They have triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word to which they bore witness, because even in the face of death they did not cling to life. So let the heavens rejoice and all who live there; but for you, earth and sea, disaster is coming — because the devil has gone down to you in a rage, knowing that he has little time left.’ As soon as the dragon found himself hurled down to the earth, he sprang in pursuit of the woman, the mother of the male child, but she was given a pair of the great eagle’s wings to fly away from the serpent into the desert, to the place where she was to be looked after for a time, two times and half a time. So the serpent vomited water from his mouth, like a river, after the woman, to sweep her away in the current, but the earth came to her rescue; it opened its mouth and swallowed the river spewed from the dragon’s mouth. Then the dragon was enraged with the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, who obey God’s commandments and have in themselves the witness of Jesus.”
Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, You have time and again sent Your Holy Angels to aid us against the enemies of our salvation, and since ancient times, Your Holy Angels have fought against the devil and the demons, and throughout the course of history, whenever Israel turned to You, and subsequently whenever the Church turned to You, You fought on our behalf with Your Angelic armies marching ahead of our nations, ahead of armies, navies and air forces.
Lord God of Hosts, You defeated the plots of the Nations and Peoples who are opposed to You, those who shed the blood of the innocent, murdered and tyrannised the poor and the oppressed. At the end of time, as You said Your holy Angels would gather all humanity, to separate those who belong to You from those who do not, such that the true children of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and his wives Leah and Rachel, and the Twelve Patriarchs – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Napthali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph (father of Ephraim and Manasseh) and Benjamin, led by the Apostles of the Lamb – St. Peter, St. James, St. John, St. Andrew, St. Philip, St. Bartholomew, St. Matthew, St. Thomas, St. Simon, St. Jude, St. James and St. Matthias, and St. Paul and St. Barnabas, will rise to the Resurrection of life won by You O Lord Jesus Christ, whilst those who followed idols and the false prophet would go down to join the punishment in store for the devil and the fallen angels, those who persecute and oppress the weak and the poor and the innocent and those who murder the just.
O Lord God of Hosts, You have constantly said that the time is not yet here, even though time and again innocents die, and You also deliver humanity time and again from its enemies and from its own self-destructive ways. Lord God of Hosts, had You not intervened the corruption and immorality of the Roman Empire, of Fascist Nazism, of Communism would have continued to stain humanity. However Lord, today there are still many wars and problems in the world, as there are many false prophets who have come in their own name trying to lead people astray and trying to preach a false perversion of the truth.
Lord, You still protect us by giving the Church the Scriptures, the Sacraments and the Magisterium of the Church right at the start when You first established the college of the Apostles, who in turned formed the Order of Bishops and Order of Priests and Order of Deacons and also influenced the formation of Religious communities and local and regional Church communities, all united throughout the world with the Pope whom You established as the successor of St. Peter, Your vicar on earth.
Psalm 137(138):1 – 5 “I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart, for you have listened to the cry I uttered. In the presence of angels I sing to you, I bow down before your holy Temple. I praise your name for your faithful love and your constancy; your promises surpass even your fame. You heard me on the day when I called, and you gave new strength to my heart. All the kings of the earth give thanks to you, Yahweh, when they hear the promises you make; they sing of Yahweh’s ways, ‘Great is the glory of Yahweh!’”
Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, thank You for sustaining Your Church against the many schemes of hostile peoples and nations throughout the ages, such that we have outlasted hostile empires that span several centuries.
Lord, as You said, the powers of hell will not prevail against the Church You founded. Lord, continue to bless and protect Your Church which is Your Body and Your Bride, Your household formed by Your disciples, Your friends and Your children.
Psalm 102(103):20 – 22 “Bless Yahweh, all his angels, mighty warriors who fulfil his commands, attentive to the sound of his words. Bless Yahweh, all his armies, servants who fulfil his wishes. Bless Yahweh, all his works, in every place where he rules. Bless Yahweh, my soul.”
Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, thank You for watching over all of us in the midst of our daily life as the Church spread throughout the world and also as families and individuals working, studying, praying and at leisure. Lord God of Hosts, for the greatness of who You are and the glory of Your Name and the beauty of the works of Your hands, I praise and thank You. Lord, Your beauty excels all that we can ever know of You, for You are an awesome and mighty God, so full of love.
John 1:47 – 51 “When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.’ Nathanael asked, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to see greater things than that.’ And then he added, ‘In all truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.’”
Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, the glory and splendour of Your Name and Your very being is so great and magnificent. Lord God of Hosts, thank You for saving humanity constantly from its sins, and for constantly protecting the Church and Israel from all hostile enemies whenever we turn to You.
Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God and Holy Spirit, please grant protection to Your Church spread throughout the world. May we be united with Pope Francis the Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ and all the Bishops of the Church together with the Priests and the Deacons and all the parishes and dioceses that You have placed under their care.
Lord God of Hosts, please grant us Your unity and peace within Your Church, and unity amongst all Christians. Lord God of Hosts. please also guide and protect Your Jewish people from all their enemies and bring them to full knowledge of You and the Messiah You have sent.
Lord, also grant wisdom and discernment to all leaders in the Church and in all governments of all the Nations and peoples in the world. Lord, please bless and protect all humanity, and may we uphold the value and dignity of every human person including the weak, the oppressed, the poor, the unborn, and the elderly, and also protect the dignity of the human family.
Lord, please forgive us all of our sins and grant us Your grace to live in Your love and peace. Lord, also grant more vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and the Religious life. And Lord, please help protect and sustain all married couples and families which show forth the love between You and the Church. Lord, also grant mercy to the souls in purgatory, and may they join Your holy Angels and Saints in heaven in praising and glorifying You for all eternity.
Dear Mother Mary, all the Blessed Apostles and Saints, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, and all the holy Angelic hosts, holy Angelic armies and holy Angelic choirs, please pray for us and with us to our Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Abba Father, Almighty God, we offer You the prayer Your Son Jesus Christ taught us:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.