Editor:  September sees St Michael and All Angels Day.  Here are a few lines from an ancient Celtic poem about the archangel…

Saint Michael, angel of the sea,

Lord of the horses he,

Saint Michael, of the angels king,

Of war, of shepherding;

On steed he flies across the skies;

The first-fruits of the harvest corn,

The first-fruits of the flock-lambs born,

Are his, he meets the soul forlorn.

The saints and angels watch o’erhead,

Their wings and prayers o’erspread:

The righteous ones in heaven wait,

St Peter at the gate;

In might arrayed they shield and aid;

Be with us e’er, archangel powers,

Be with us, angels, life’s long hours.