Today is Michelmas day. The day when historically, the Church has recalled how Michael that super angel fought the wicked dragon - Satan - and triumphed. It is the original story from which contemporary authors have riffed-off (as for example the defeat of Smaug in The Hobbit). Michael's victory over the serpent, today reminds the Church of that Greater Hero - Jesus Christ - whose epic victory at calvary slayed the Dragon and there won His bride.
The Collect for today:
O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant, that as thy holy Angels always do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.