Started by Instaurare omnia, November 19, 2022, 07:18:35 PM
QuoteWere the shrines along the sword of St. Michael, then, originally pagan sites of worship? In fact, the answer is yes. The island in Cornwall was dedicated to Celtic god Lugh (who was also a fighter) and Mont. St. Michel was dedicated to Mithras (a cult of Roman soldiers) and named Tomb Mount. The Greek monastery was built over the site of a temple to Apollo, who was connected to the sun and therefore to the solstice. It seems he also had sanctuaries along the sword of St. Michael. Pagans would have sought out distinctive "high places" that followed the track of the sun on its peak day (Staudt).
QuoteAnd I went beyond it and saw seven magnificent mountains all differing each from the other ... And the seventh mountain was in the midst of these, and it excelled them in height, resembling the seat of a throne: and fragrant trees encircled the throne. And amongst them was a tree such as I had never yet smelt, neither was any amongst them nor were others like it: it had a fragrance beyond all fragrance, and its leaves and blooms and wood wither not for ever: and its fruit is beautiful, and its fruit resembles the dates of a palm. Then I said: 'How beautiful is this tree, and fragrant, and its leaves are fair, and its blooms very delightful in appearance.' Then answered Michael, one of the holy and honoured angels who was with me, and was their leader. (Enoch 1 24:2-6)Essentially, St. Michael appears to be a protector of these seven mountains and the Tree of Life that is located on one of the mountains. The vision of Enoch is further described as an apocalyptic vision and explains how the Tree of Life was taken from Eden and placed on one of the mountains and will remain there until the end of time, from where God will judge all of creation. The various writings that comprise the book of Enoch were written between 300 – 100 BC and were never included either in the Hebrew Scriptures or Christian Bible. This is because while there is much in the writings that complements scripture, there is more in it that is often at odds. For these and other reasons it is not believed to be fully inspired by God (Kosloski).
Quote Mt. Carmel likewise was a place of spiritual battle where Elijah slew the prophets of Baal. There is also a connection between the summer solstice and St. John the Baptist. In the ancient world the solstices were June 24th and December 25th, John's and Jesus' birthdays of course. The Church Fathers connected these dates to John's words that Jesus must increase while he decreases, as these are the days that mark the increasing and decreasing sunlight. And indeed, John the Baptist, like Michael, was associated with combating paganism in the early Church. We see one example of this at Monte Cassino. [...] Explaining the sword of St. Michael in conjunction with the line of the summer solstice does not explain away the sword's significance. Rather, it shows its significance as part of the way in which the Church reclaimed important sites and dedicated them to the worship of the one true God. The sun and stars proclaim the glory of God and should not lead to idolatrous worship and human sacrifice (a custom of the solstice). St. Michael clearly had a role in reclaiming the solstice for the glory of God and removing its connection to the enemy as he himself appeared at many of these sites. In our own fight to reclaim our own country, we should turn to St. Michael (and recite his prayer often) and to St. John the Baptist to guard and protect and to help us in the battle for souls. (Staudt).