A Eucharist at St John’s on 29 September marked the patronage of St Michael and All Angels in the life and work of SSM.
The Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator or cosmic intelligence.
The Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels is a celebratory day in the Christian liturgical year.
SSM’s connection with Michaelmas stretches as far back as 124 years. On 29 September 1892, the Society, which was then known as the Korean Missionary Brotherhood, changed its name to the Society of the Sacred Mission.
Society members, companions, formers students at friends attended a Michaelmas Eucharist at St John’s Church at 11 am on 29 September 2016.
Father David Thornton-Wakeford preached and Father Christopher Myers presided at the service, during which two friends were admitted as SSM companions.
The service was followed by lunch in the parish hall prepared by St John’s parishioners.