Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.
I like to feature examples of excellence from St Augustine’s on this page. This picture is of an excellent cake made by Mrs Sharp, who is so often front of house for the school in the Reception. A friendly and courteous welcome for our visitors is an important sign of our welcome as a Christian community – Mrs Sharp and the other ladies who work in the front office are exemplars in this respect.
The decorations on the cake – ivy, blackberries, and a conker – are a sign of autumn drawing in: “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Another indication of autumn is the Feast of Michaelmas tomorrow, in other words of St Michael the Archangel. For all of us, St Michael is to be regarded as a patron and defender, and is one of the few archangels referred to by name in the Bible. Here is a dramatic passage from the Book of Revelation:
“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”