The Society's festival is Michaelmas, the feast of St Michael and all Angels (29th of September). The founder of the Society, Fr Herbert Kelly, chose the name, the Society of the Sacred Mission. The choice of name was mainly due to a desire to connect the work of the Society with that of the Holy Angels, identifying the two words missionary and angel, as Latin and Greek for the messenger of God. As Members of the Society we are, like the angels, sent on mission from God's presence to do God's will.

And so each day members join in saying the Society memorial:

I saw an angel,

    flying in the midst of heaven,

    having the everlasting gospel

    to preach to those who dwell on the earth.


Fear God and give glory to him,

    for  the hour of his judgement has come.


Almighty and eternal God,

    from whose presence the angels go forth to do your  will:

    grant that in obedience we may serve to the glory of your name,

    and overshadowed by your protection

    receive at last the crown of life;

    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen