THE HOLY ANGELS
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
preach to those who dwell on the earth.
and give glory to him,
the hour of his judgement has come.
and eternal God,
whose presence the angels go forth to do your will:
grant that in obedience we may serve to the glory of your name,
overshadowed by your protection
receive at last the crown of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen