Anna the Prophet vs. Michael the Archangel

A day after voting between two saints with elegant names, we’re back to more mundane monikers. Anna and Michael. There is nothing mundane about these two contestants, however, as prophet faces archangel in a matchup you will only find here at Lent Madness. Is it fair to put an angel in the bracket against a mere mortal? We’re not sure. But as the familiar expression goes, “All’s fair in love and Lent Madness.”

Speaking of those elegantly named saints, Eglantyne Jebb easily defeated Seraphim of Sarov 73% to 27% to advance to the Saintly Sixteen.

Today is the last battle of a full week of saintly thrills and spills. We’ll see everyone bright and early on Monday morning with an exciting agricultural matchup between Isidore the Farmer and Phocus the Gardener. TGIL, everybody! (Thank God It’s Lent).

Anna the Prophet

Anna the Prophet stained glassLike many women in the Bible, Anna doesn’t have a lot of scriptural context to sketch a complete biography. However, the simple fact that Anna is given a name and title speaks to the importance of this woman. Known as Anna the Prophet, she is recognized as the widow who was with Simeon in the temple when Jesus was presented by Mary and Joseph shortly after his birth.

Saint Luke (2:36–38) tells us: “There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

As a Jewish prophet, Anna led a life of devotion to God through daily prayer, worship, and work at the temple. Anna is honored as a saint for her recognition of Christ as the Messiah during his presentation in the temple. Both Simeon and Anna were transformed by their encounter with Jesus, which led to the creation of the Song of Simeon that we sing to this day. Also known as the Nunc Dimittis, the Song of Simeon is a traditional canticle often used in Compline and Evensong.

Although we don’t know much about the details of her life, Anna’s presence and witness offer several important lessons. She teaches us about the importance of prayer and fasting to prepare for the coming of our Lord. She models for us the importance of patience, since much of a faithful life is spent waiting. Her diligence assures us that the practices of prayer, fasting, preparation, and patience will give us a reward far greater than anything we can imagine. Anna teaches us that our faithful practices allow us to participate in the coming of Christ.

Anna’s feast day is celebrated on February 3.

Collect for Anna the Prophet
Almighty and life-giving God, we give thanks for the witness of Anna the Prophet who recognized our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during his presentation in the temple. We give thanks, O Lord, for the teachings of Anna that show us the path to glory can be found through prayer, fasting, preparation, and patience; in Christ’s name. Amen.

-Anna Fitch Courie

Michael the Archangel

Michael the ArchangelThe word angel means messenger from God. Archangels are considered the chief angels in the hierarchy of angels, although most of this hierarchy is human construct. The full name of Michael translates to “Who is like God?”—an obviously rhetorical question. Michael is mentioned in the holy texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Michael is described in the Bible as a helper and defender of God’s holy people, the one who cares for the dead (Michael even argues with the devil over Moses’ body in the book of Jude). Most notably, Michael is portrayed as fighting and defeating the dragon in the Book of Revelation. Michael is frequently depicted as a warrior angel, holding a sword and a shield and standing astride a defeated and subdued dragon.

While Michael has been invoked in prayer through the centuries as the defender and protector of the people of God, the warrior image is a more modern concept. In the early centuries of Christianity, the faithful venerated Michael as a defender and protector, not through violence and war but through healing. Churches, shrines, and holy places dedicated to Michael began appearing in the fourth century as places of healing. Many of these holy places were built around hot springs in Greece and Asia. Michael’s protection extended from life to death, as Michael guarded the souls of the dead against evil and guided them to God as they came into the kingdom of heaven.

Only as Christianity became associated with political and military might did the image of Michael shift to an archangel clad in armor and leading armies in the name of Christ. By the Middle Ages, Michael and George became the patron saints of chivalry, a code of conduct associated with knighthood and military service.

Michael is given credit for redirecting a river to save a church; standing with a sword over the tomb of Hadrian, thus protecting Rome from a devastating plague under the papacy of Gregory the Great; and appearing to the Bishop of Avranches in 708 with directions to build a church on the rocky islet now known as Mont Saint-Michel in France. Michael is also considered to be the domesticator of horses; legend holds that Michael taught Saint Florus and Saint Laurus to listen to the language of horses so they could be helpers to humanity.

Collect for Michael the Archangel
Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

-Laurie Brock

Anna the Prophet vs. Michael the Archangel

  • Michael the Archangel (53%, 4,109 Votes)
  • Anna the Prophet (47%, 3,661 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,770

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Anna the Prophet: By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [GFDL (
Michael the Archangel: By Anonymous Byzantine painter (395-1453 AD) Public domain image ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

303 Comments to "Anna the Prophet vs. Michael the Archangel"

  1. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    March 2, 2018 - 8:02 am | Permalink

    I’m Ann, so need to go with Anna!

    • Mike Essig's Gravatar Mike Essig
      March 2, 2018 - 8:08 am | Permalink

      I’m Michael, so. . .

    • Gay Jolley's Gravatar Gay Jolley
      March 2, 2018 - 9:52 am | Permalink

      As a member of the Society of St. Anna the Prophet, I vote for….(guess)

  2. Caden :)'s Gravatar Caden :)
    March 2, 2018 - 8:04 am | Permalink

    Michael the Archangel will win because he is an Archangel. He also defeated a dragon. He has my vote.

    • Michael Moore's Gravatar Michael Moore
      March 2, 2018 - 8:55 am | Permalink

      In the Orthodox tradition he is also known as the Prince of Heaven and Vanquisher of Hell.

      • Emma Moore's Gravatar Emma Moore
        March 2, 2018 - 6:54 pm | Permalink

        you have the same name as my dad!

    • Lois's Gravatar Lois
      March 2, 2018 - 6:52 pm | Permalink

      I believe thatSaint George defeated a dragon

      • Anthony Lee's Gravatar Anthony Lee
        March 2, 2018 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps so, but the one George defeated (slew) was just another dragon, and the one Michael defeated was supposedly Satan. (Unfortunately, he didn’t stay defeated for long, but got right back to work. Is there a theological message here I’m missing?)

        • Michelle Heitman's Gravatar Michelle Heitman
          March 3, 2018 - 6:22 am | Permalink

          Michael’s battle with Satan was actually a battle with Lucifer Morningstar. It was Michael’s victory that banished Lucifer from Heaven. Only then did Lucifer “become” Satan, take dominion over hell, and “get to work” corrupting the souls of man. So, Satan didn’t “get right back to work.” He …um…”changed his line of work”? Of course, SFAIK, *none* of this is actually scriptural. 😀

    • Bee's Gravatar Bee
      March 3, 2018 - 6:31 am | Permalink

      I like dragons!

  3. John's Gravatar John
    March 2, 2018 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    I was born September 29, so need to go with Michael!

  4. Br. Thanasi (Thomas G.) Stama's Gravatar Br. Thanasi (Thomas G.) Stama
    March 2, 2018 - 8:08 am | Permalink

    Cannot understand putting an angelic being up against a blood and flesh saint. Is that fair? Just kidding. Of course I voted for Anna!

    • Mary Katherine's Gravatar Mary Katherine
      March 2, 2018 - 8:31 am | Permalink

      My thought EXACTLY!

      • Lisa Anne's Gravatar Lisa Anne
        March 2, 2018 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

        My thought EXACTLY TOO!

    • Steven Niccolls's Gravatar Steven Niccolls
      March 2, 2018 - 8:46 am | Permalink

      One of my life rules is “Life isnt fair.” (Or the fair comes only once a year.)

      • Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
        March 2, 2018 - 9:27 am | Permalink

        Life is definitely unfair, but surely we ought to be. Well, more than fair, we ought to be just, especially if we want to be saints too!

    • Julie Watt Faqir's Gravatar Julie Watt Faqir
      March 2, 2018 - 9:53 am | Permalink

      This was a tough one as Michael the Archangel is a figure I have always admired (that sounds so weird) but I went with Anna because she foresaw the goodness and holiness in the Christ Child.

    • Lee W.'s Gravatar Lee W.
      March 2, 2018 - 11:29 am | Permalink

      Exactly! That is how I made my decision as well. While I am grateful for the healing presence of Michael, Anna’s patience and devotion are truly heroic sacrifices and gifts from a mere mortal.

    • March 2, 2018 - 5:27 pm | Permalink

      That’s pretty much why I sided with Anna. Nothing against the Archangel, but I just couldn’t say no to the human.

    • Francis Hubbard's Gravatar Francis Hubbard
      March 2, 2018 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

      I don’t understand how Michael is even eligible. He’s great, but he’s an archangel, not a saint! We can have another contest for angels. And Anna is someone worthy of a vote in any case.

    • CherylK's Gravatar CherylK
      March 2, 2018 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Michael is an archangel, and Anna has a verrrrrry thin biography – hard to vote for either. Went with Anna simple based on her being a human being.

  5. Gail E. Davis's Gravatar Gail E. Davis
    March 2, 2018 - 8:08 am | Permalink

    This was a tough one! In the end i went with Michael, mostly for his many different attributes. But Anna, in her patience and perception! Sigh. Whomever wins, I’ll be grateful.

    • March 2, 2018 - 9:13 am | Permalink

      Hmmm, yes. Either the widowed prophet or the rhetorical archangel.

      • Emily's Gravatar Emily
        March 2, 2018 - 10:15 am | Permalink

        Not moved either way today.

        • March 2, 2018 - 11:50 am | Permalink

        • Kate's Gravatar Kate
          March 2, 2018 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

          Nor was I. I did end up voting for Michael but because I believe God created the Angels as his first Beings and therefore must have loved them very, very much………and Michael stayed true to God and not jealous or demanding more status as did Lucifer. I feel pretty sure that Michael probably defended the Kingdom of God . So, it was Michael. Anna sounded like a good woman but if she never left the temple did she require others to meet her needs of food, clothing, etc? Recognizing the Child Jesus as the Savior was a gift to her, I believe… not something she simply knew??

          • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
            March 2, 2018 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

            It’s my understanding that it was incumbent on the Jewish community to protect and provide for Anna. As a widow, what options did she have in first-century Palestine? She apparently had neither children nor other family, and she could hardly get a job, elderly and female as she was. Ministry to the widows and orphans is something that was carried over into the nascent Christian community from Judaism, and the administration of that care gave Christians their first big internal controversy. (Acts 6:1-6)

          • Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
            March 2, 2018 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

            Love your post. I was already planning to vote for Michael for much the same reasons you wrote so eloquently. I won’t repeat my version – your comments are great. Thank you!

    • Karen's Gravatar Karen
      March 2, 2018 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

      I agree with you Gail. This was a hard choice. I voted for Michael.

  6. Pat's Gravatar Pat
    March 2, 2018 - 8:08 am | Permalink

    Can an angel be a saint????

    • Dena Morris's Gravatar Dena Morris
      March 2, 2018 - 8:38 am | Permalink

      I was wondering the same thing. Also, Anna’s always been a “favorite” & I now think it’s because I still have a lot to learn about patience and prayer.

      • KarenR's Gravatar KarenR
        March 2, 2018 - 9:37 am | Permalink

        My reasons too. Anna bears humble, daily witness. We all need more of that.

    • Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
      March 2, 2018 - 9:21 am | Permalink

      “Saint” just means “holy.” Archangels presumably would be holy!

    • Lynne's Gravatar Lynne
      March 2, 2018 - 9:23 am | Permalink

      I also feel that since angels are totally different beings that they should not be pitted against human saints. I had a tough time deciding who to vote for, but ended up going for Anna since she is human.

    • David's Gravatar David
      March 2, 2018 - 10:28 am | Permalink

      There is a rich history in Christianity going back centuries of angels being saints.
      So, yes 🙂

    • Polly Ledyard's Gravatar Polly Ledyard
      March 2, 2018 - 11:58 am | Permalink

      Can you meet them in trains, or in lanes, or at tea?

      • Matthew's Gravatar Matthew
        March 2, 2018 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

        Well played, Polly!

        • jeaninejj's Gravatar jeaninejj
          March 2, 2018 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

          Polly, that was the perfect response! The “cradle Episcopalians” in my congregation love that hymn…it always makes me smile a bit. An update might be “in Ubers, on Twitter, or over latte.”

          • Patty's Gravatar Patty
            March 3, 2018 - 12:58 am | Permalink

            This cradle Catholic was wondering about that reference. However the concept of meeting angels everywhere and anywhere is lovely!

      • Deborah DeManno's Gravatar Deborah DeManno
        March 2, 2018 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

        I hope I can meet angels in those places and other places. I don’t limit angelic appearances to needed big feathery wings. After all, there are those strangers whom we should treat hospitably lest they be angels unaware.

    • Bob Andrews-Bryant's Gravatar Bob Andrews-Bryant
      March 2, 2018 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Well, our pro-cathedral in Boise is St. Michael’s. The cathedral church in Coventry, England is St. Michael’s. So, the church through the ages would answer “Yes.”
      But, tbh, the one in Boise was named in honor of an early rector.

  7. Al's Gravatar Al
    March 2, 2018 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    I honestly voted for Anna cause I wanted to and my friend told me too so ya 🙂

  8. JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
    March 2, 2018 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    I have long loved Anna, so devoted to her faith, and she knew immediately that she was in the presence of the Messiah!

  9. Michael Wachter's Gravatar Michael Wachter
    March 2, 2018 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    He fought and defeated the dragon in Revelation.
    That should be enough.

    • Jane Trambley's Gravatar Jane Trambley
      March 2, 2018 - 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Not so fast there, Michael…
      Anna saw and knew Jesus. Now THAT is enough!


  10. Jill's Gravatar Jill
    March 2, 2018 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    A a member of St. Michael’s Church Bon Air, I had to go with our guy!

    • Gillian's Gravatar Gillian
      March 2, 2018 - 8:59 am | Permalink

      As do I as a grateful member of St. Michael and All Angels, Portland, OR.

      • Lynn baker's Gravatar Lynn baker
        March 2, 2018 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

        Ditto, Gillian. A blessed place!!

    • Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
      March 2, 2018 - 9:29 am | Permalink

      Way back on the first match-up, I went with Peter, even though St. Paul is my church’s patron!

    • Katherine's Gravatar Katherine
      March 2, 2018 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

      I am a member there also and so went with Michael today!

  11. Carolyn D. Mack's Gravatar Carolyn D. Mack
    March 2, 2018 - 8:13 am | Permalink

    Seems unfair to pit an Archangel against a mortal, so I will go with Anne, whose words are lost to us while we have Simeon’s.

    • Carolyn D. Mack's Gravatar Carolyn D. Mack
      March 2, 2018 - 8:14 am | Permalink

      September 30 Michaelmas baby, but that does sway me.

      • Carolyn D. Mack's Gravatar Carolyn D. Mack
        March 2, 2018 - 8:15 am | Permalink

        Oops! Keyboard fights with me … does NOT sway me. Does Michael have control of keyboards?

        • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
          March 2, 2018 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

          No, keyboards have been given over to Satan.

  12. Pat Floerke's Gravatar Pat Floerke
    March 2, 2018 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    I believe in and appreciate guardian angels, but I do not believe they are saints. Saintly, maybe. but to me, saints are by definition human. I voted for Anna.

    • Pat Moore's Gravatar Pat Moore
      March 2, 2018 - 9:56 am | Permalink


    • Steve's Gravatar Steve
      March 2, 2018 - 10:00 am | Permalink

      I felt similarly. I likely don’t know all the “details” of angels, but Anna being fully human I think makes it more challenging to be a saint and more inspirational

    • Michelle's Gravatar Michelle
      March 2, 2018 - 11:45 am | Permalink

      My feelings as well. “Anna teaches us that our faithful practices allow us to participate in the coming of Christ.” Something to aspire to and work toward.

  13. Dianne's Gravatar Dianne
    March 2, 2018 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Anna recognized the Messiah. Would that we all would follow her example and continually recognize the Messiah in our lives.

    • Sue Goodman's Gravatar Sue Goodman
      March 2, 2018 - 10:17 am | Permalink

      Yes! I voted Anna too.

    • Rebecca Christian's Gravatar Rebecca Christian
      March 2, 2018 - 10:24 am | Permalink

      I agree, Dianne! Well stated.

  14. Patrice's Gravatar Patrice
    March 2, 2018 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    We need Michael today, to defend the downtrodden and to find common ground between the three major religions that respect him.

    • March 2, 2018 - 11:00 am | Permalink

      I like your thinking, and feel the same way. Sometimes it feels like we need all the protection we can get!

  15. Barbara Crafton's Gravatar Barbara Crafton
    March 2, 2018 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    C’mon, people! Anna was an awesome old lady… some of us!

    • Joy's Gravatar Joy
      March 2, 2018 - 8:37 am | Permalink


    • March 2, 2018 - 8:44 am | Permalink

      Amen Sister! While Anna may only have a few verses that for me says it all about her importance in recognizing our Savor. Now in my mid to late 60’s I truly value the wisdom of older and wiser women in my life who have always mentored me.

      • Ann's Gravatar Ann
        March 2, 2018 - 8:50 am | Permalink

        Let’s hear it for the wisdom of the crone!

        • Tammie Taylor's Gravatar Tammie Taylor
          March 2, 2018 - 9:14 am | Permalink

          Here here!

        • Belle's Gravatar Belle
          March 2, 2018 - 12:32 pm | Permalink

          Right on!

      • Holly Dutton's Gravatar Holly Dutton
        March 2, 2018 - 10:55 am | Permalink

        I’m with you. Perhaps she also represents the voice of the marginalized, the silent ones.

      • Kate's Gravatar Kate
        March 2, 2018 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

        Well, then, since I am in my 70’s , I think a vote for Michael would be appropriate , said the older and wiser! Ha ha ha ha!!!

    • linda maumus's Gravatar linda maumus
      March 2, 2018 - 9:21 am | Permalink

      and really-do angels even exist?

      • Story's Gravatar Story
        March 2, 2018 - 10:19 am | Permalink

        I had to go with Michael because when my dad was five years old he looked out his window and saw two golden angels descending from the clouds. He said they were kind of spiraling down. The next morning he woke up and rushed to tell his mom. Before he could tell her though, she said she had something she had to tell him first. His grandmother (who was living with them at the time) had died that night. He believes that he saw the angels coming to get her.

        • Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
          March 2, 2018 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

          What a lovely story! I totally believe your dad saw the angels.

      • David's Gravatar David
        March 2, 2018 - 10:29 am | Permalink

        Anna is probably a construct invented by Luke, so “existence” didn’t factor into this vote for me. I went with Michael.

    • Annie in Oregon's Gravatar Annie in Oregon
      March 2, 2018 - 10:21 am | Permalink

      Well, old, anyway … and trying to approach awesomeness …

    • Ann of NH's Gravatar Ann of NH
      March 2, 2018 - 10:48 am | Permalink

      Right on!
      My own name is Ann, I’m old, and I’m a Benedictine oblate. Benedictine’s strive for faithfulness and patience. The choice was easy !

    • Sally Fox's Gravatar Sally Fox
      March 2, 2018 - 11:35 am | Permalink

      Love the way you put that, Barbara. I already voted for her, too!

  16. John the other Verger's Gravatar John the other Verger
    March 2, 2018 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    I pre-filled my bracket. Been getting few wins. But finally here is one where I picked the woman. So if trends hold I should be ok. Archangel? seems and unfair fight to me.

  17. March 2, 2018 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    I was ordained on the feast of St. Michael and all Angels so there’s an affinity there, but Anna is a sign of God’s wisdom in the humble. I have always loved her faithfulness and confident proclamation of the Messiah. Mere mortal that she was, I had to go with Anna!

  18. March 2, 2018 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Actually, God as warrior is not a “more modern” concept, but rather is present in ancient Judaism. I can provide citations if desired.

    • Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
      March 2, 2018 - 9:31 am | Permalink

      That bit wasn’t about God, it was about Michael: “While Michael has been invoked in prayer through the centuries as the defender and protector of the people of God, the warrior image is a more modern concept. In the early centuries of Christianity, the faithful venerated Michael as a defender and protector, not through violence and war but through healing.”

      • Mariana Bauman (marianab)'s Gravatar Mariana Bauman (marianab)
        March 2, 2018 - 11:06 am | Permalink

        The healing part of Michael’s ministry (and I do think angelic work is a ministry) sealed it for my vote.

  19. B-Waggs :)'s Gravatar B-Waggs :)
    March 2, 2018 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Michael beat a dragon and Anna didn’t so Michael is better

    • Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
      March 2, 2018 - 9:31 am | Permalink

      We only know about one day of Anna’s life. We don’t know what she got up to the rest of her long days!

    • March 2, 2018 - 9:33 am | Permalink

      Right. And just think how awesome the dragon would be on that LM mug!! Plus when you invoke St. Michael, don’t you you usually get All the Angels coming along? I think I’ll go with Michael for the mug.

  20. Mike Bond's Gravatar Mike Bond
    March 2, 2018 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    I am a Michael too. But today I went with Anna. I love the Song of Simeon, one of my favorite prayers. And Anna’s faithfulness is a real example. Her patience, and her ability to recognize Jesus as Messiah is so compelling.
    Love you Michael, but it’s Anna today.

    • March 2, 2018 - 9:40 am | Permalink

      Ooh, but you are right, too. Poor Anna got cheated out of a song. You’d think if they gave one to Simeon….And then look at all Michael has been given: a flaming sword, a dragon to slay, and all the company of heaven. Anna got robbed of her husband and then her song. Maybe I have to go with her. If Michael is a defender he really ought to come to Anna’s aid, don’t you think? I know I bet one of these LM voter’s is gonna write Anna a song before the end of the day.

  21. Hilda Maria Knowles's Gravatar Hilda Maria Knowles
    March 2, 2018 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    I went with Michael as protector and defender. But also don’t want to incur his wrath as a warrior.

  22. Mary-Theresa Anderson's Gravatar Mary-Theresa Anderson
    March 2, 2018 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    Anna’s fasting, prayer and patience are
    lesson for humanity.

  23. Kathleen's Gravatar Kathleen
    March 2, 2018 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    Voting for the human being.

  24. Kim Rossi's Gravatar Kim Rossi
    March 2, 2018 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    I voted for Michael, because if he wins, I thought his image would look really cool on a coffee cup! (actually and more honestly, I am not sure we have had an angle in Lent Madness before and I thought the angels should have some recognition)

  25. James Lodwick's Gravatar James Lodwick
    March 2, 2018 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    Michael’s not a human being and thus can’t be a saint, so I voted for Anna.

  26. Beth Parkhurst's Gravatar Beth Parkhurst
    March 2, 2018 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    Human versus archangel? Both had impressive accomplishments. But Michael achieved what he did because of being an angel, while Anna achieved what she did _despite_ being human. Anna for me!

  27. Ela's Gravatar Ela
    March 2, 2018 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    While I have always loved Anna for her perseverance in waiting to see and recognize Jesus, Michael the Archangel did throw Satan out of Heaven, for Heaven’s sakes! In Revelations, dragon is used as a name for Satan and that is not clear in the information given regarding our two notable subjects for today. Michael defend us from the devil and all his works!

  28. Jody Musitano's Gravatar Jody Musitano
    March 2, 2018 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    Sometimes you just need to find a reason that speaks to you. Mont Saint Michel wouldn’t have existed without Michael? That’s my reason!

    • Bob Andrews-Bryant's Gravatar Bob Andrews-Bryant
      March 2, 2018 - 3:39 pm | Permalink


  29. TJ's Gravatar TJ
    March 2, 2018 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    This is tough. While I love both of these saints I usually side with the human because I find their stories more relatable and instructive. Michael won me today because the imagery in his stories is pretty interesting and I could use a protector from time to time.

  30. Judith's Gravatar Judith
    March 2, 2018 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    As a foster son, perhaps, of the house; the Michael bell there at Nashotah, for my own belief that Michael also guards and defends those who are homeless. My ordination named Michael (prayer D). This deacon is with Michael.

  31. martha's Gravatar martha
    March 2, 2018 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    I have always held Anna in high esteem, but I could not vote for her against, Michael, who protects us all daily. Not sure that a saint should be competing with an angel.

  32. Jennifer Seaver's Gravatar Jennifer Seaver
    March 2, 2018 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    How did an angel, albeit a mighty one, slip into Lent Madness? Have we already run out of mortal saints?

  33. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    March 2, 2018 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    With all the events in today’s world, we need the strength and defense of Michael, the Archangel. Watch over us< Michael!

    • Lynn baker's Gravatar Lynn baker
      March 2, 2018 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

      Ditto, Gillian. A blessed place!!

  34. Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
    March 2, 2018 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    Maybe it is unfair to pit an angel against a mortal, and I love Anna. But when I read that the taming of horses is attributed to Michael, I have to go with the horse guy.

  35. Susan C's Gravatar Susan C
    March 2, 2018 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    I voted for Michael because he/she (I don’t want to say “it”) was an activist angel, providing protection, messages and healing. The fact that I was married in St. Michael and All Angels Church, and the fact that he/she made that bishop build one of my favorite places on earth, Mont-Saint-Michel, I have to vote for St. Michael. That’s not even thinking about how I want him/her on my side as a guide when I finally die.

    • David's Gravatar David
      March 2, 2018 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for honoring the gender ambiguity of the divine with your comment. 🙂

  36. Buff Grace's Gravatar Buff Grace
    March 2, 2018 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    The SEC has had a lapse in judgement i think. Angel in the saints match up is like NBA team in March Madness.

    • JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
      March 2, 2018 - 9:14 am | Permalink

      Well stated!

  37. Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
    March 2, 2018 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    What a great contest! I have a big ol’ spot in my heart for both of these saints. I’ve been reading a lot about Anna lately for a study of Luke at our church (St. DUNSTAN, by the way–ahem, SEC!!). It’s interesting that while Luke gets so much credit for having women in his writings, he often silences them and reminds his readers that quiet, adoring, and obedient women are more pleasing to God. Anna is a prophet, but he silenced her.

    Nevertheless, we at least got her name! And that really speaks to her good work of prayer and faithful presence in the worshipping community. And she recognized God in the Babe! There is an order of more, shall we say, mature women in our diocese, the Society of St. Anna the Prophet, who are dedicated to a ministry of prayer and service to the elderly and youth.

    But I love St. Michael as well. When I first became an Episcopalian 28 years ago, our parish (St. Bartholomew–ahem, SEC!) had its Old English Festival every year on the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. I have fond, fond memories of our evensongs, and our anthems and hymns about all the heavenly host. It was all new to me then, and, well, heavenly! (St. Michael gets verse 2! Listen and picture clouds of incense, verger, acolytes, choir and candles—heaven!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 2, 2018 - 8:58 am | Permalink

      Uh oh, forgot to close those parentheses!

    • Vicar Mollie's Gravatar Vicar Mollie
      March 2, 2018 - 11:38 am | Permalink

      Anna didn’t get a song like Simeon, it’s true; but “At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:38) So maybe she was really the first apostle??!!

      I’m so bummed by this choice. I have always loved Anna for her faithful, prayerful persistence and for perceiving the Christ Child when he appeared, and I have friends who are members of the Society of St. Anna the Prophet. But when my son-in-law was grievously injured in a bicycle-car accident, and I wondered how to pray for the healing he needed, it was Michael who appeared to me, all aglow with vibrant kinetic energy in the very part of his body where Ben was most injured. I’m sure he is a protector and guardian and healer. No notion yet who will get my vote, but I’ll be okay with either as winner and sorry the other one didn’t win!

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        March 2, 2018 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

        Ah, but wasn’t Mary Magdalene the first apostle?

  38. March 2, 2018 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    Sept. 28 baby here, but middle name Anne. Michael is cool and a big deal but patience and perseverance is maybe the harder job. And little old ladies CAN rule. Voted for Anna.

  39. Jo-Ann Bach's Gravatar Jo-Ann Bach
    March 2, 2018 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    This is a tough one for me. Love them both. Will have to mull these bios over & re-read them. An aged female widow prophet who immediately recognized Christ as the Messiah and starts praising him or an archangel who defended God’s people ………………… keep going back & forth. Will return later to vote

  40. Melanie of Clermont's Gravatar Melanie of Clermont
    March 2, 2018 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    How can I not vote for Michael, the one who proposed the building of the ethereal Mont Saint-Michel in France? As a lover of horses, I also favor Michael for telling humans to listen to horses so they could be our helpers. Yea Michael!

    • currently Jennifer S.'s Gravatar currently Jennifer S.
      March 2, 2018 - 10:09 am | Permalink

      I love your handle, by the way. I may have to change my name.
      “They lived not only in ages past;
      there are hundreds of thousands still…”

  41. Randy Marks's Gravatar Randy Marks
    March 2, 2018 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    I’m for Michael. Very close race. I wonder if I can get the Russians to “help” Michael win this election. 🙂

  42. John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
    March 2, 2018 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    A tough choice, as always. Since some angels are venerated as saints in both East and West, and since Mt.-St.-Michel is one of my favorite holy places in France, I’m strongly pulled in his direction. On the other hand, the brief mention of Anna the Prophet in the Gospel of Luke has its own poignancy and resonance thanks to her proximity to Simeon and the Nunc Dimittis, which may have been the first canticle I heard as I drew near to the Episcopal Church. On the third hand, I like the way Michael invites us to active furtherance of God’s kingdom, so in the end Michael had my vote.

  43. Steven Niccolls's Gravatar Steven Niccolls
    March 2, 2018 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    I went with Michael. The reason that wont get me in trouble with the politiccally correct crowd is that Michael does a lot more in the Bible than Anna.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 2, 2018 - 9:01 am | Permalink

      Politically correct or incorrect, we all serve one God in Christ Jesus.

  44. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    March 2, 2018 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    I’m agreeing with Buff here, I thought this was about Saints. I’m confused about Michael now – was he supposed to have been a human? I’m going with Anna – I want my saints to be human.

  45. Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
    March 2, 2018 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    Ah, politically correct or incorrect, we all serve one God in Christ Jesus!

  46. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    March 2, 2018 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    Kudos to the bloggers today for these beautiful essays. At present, the lady and the angel are neck and neck.

  47. Mike from Ohio's Gravatar Mike from Ohio
    March 2, 2018 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    Again, I do not understand all of the male versus female match ups.

    Michael versus someone that we barely know anything about….and it is 50-50?

    • Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
      March 2, 2018 - 11:16 am | Permalink

      I am not sure angels have gender in the humans do!

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        March 2, 2018 - 11:51 am | Permalink

        “Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.” (Isaiah 6:2) In the Bible, “feet” is a common euphemism for genitals. The angels are covering their faces and genitals with their extra wings, out of modesty and reverence. And Milton assures us in Paradise Lost that angels have sex. Whether that is “gender,” strictly speaking, is another issue. But the ecstasy angels experience seems like a bliss we might all have some capacity for imagining.

        • Belle's Gravatar Belle
          March 2, 2018 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

          How did Milton know? Was he a prophet? I think angels exist in a different way than humans do, at least in this life. Angels don’t procreate, so why would they need genitalia? Nevertheless, they participate in God’s holiness, so they certainly experience ecstasy in some angelic way.

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 2, 2018 - 1:50 pm | Permalink

            All poets are prophets. In Book 8 of Paradise Lost, Adam asks Raphael if angels make love, and Raphael assures him that they do, and it’s terrific. Adam is very dry and Aristotelian. Raphael blushes and assures him that angel sex is the best sex of all. Raphael has also just enjoyed a hearty meal with Adam, and he ate with real hunger. So angels, while without corporeal bodies, still have senses and desires and know full love. (So heaven is going to be great! Don’t everybody rush to get there before your time! Remember Anna: patience is the spice that makes it even better!)
            Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask;
            Love not the heav’nly Spirits, and how thir Love
            Express they, by looks onely, or do they mix
            Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch?
            To whom the Angel with a smile that glow’d
            Celestial rosie red, Loves proper hue,
            Answer’d. Let it suffice thee that thou know’st
            Us happie, and without Love no happiness.
            Whatever pure thou in the body enjoy’st
            (And pure thou wert created) we enjoy
            In eminence, and obstacle find none
            Of membrane, joynt, or limb, exclusive barrs:
            Easier then Air with Air, if Spirits embrace,
            Total they mix, Union of Pure with Pure
            Desiring; nor restrain’d conveyance need
            As Flesh to mix with Flesh, or Soul with Soul.

        • Elaine Chilcote's Gravatar Elaine Chilcote
          March 2, 2018 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

          Considering Milton’s anti-Trinitarian opinions, I would not accept his opinions on the supposed sexual lives of angels.

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 2, 2018 - 4:39 pm | Permalink

            Milton’s putative Arianism sinks my sketchy knowledge of 17th-century wranglings over Calvinism into the murky depths. It’s been ages since I read Areopagitica. But therein he writes: “as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image; but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Booke is the pretious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalm’d and treasur’d up on purpose to a life beyond life.” He also therein writes, using very Pauline imagery: “I cannot praise a fugitive and cloister’d vertue, unexercis’d & unbreath’d, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortall garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.” So I think Milton values false doctrine as a challenge to the truth and as a foil to the truth, so that truth can prevail and shine the more brightly. And there is no one I would trust more than a poet to explain to me the sex lives of angels.

        • Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
          March 2, 2018 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

          St. Celia et seq. – You have provided more evidence for why I am mad about Lent Madness. Isaiah! Milton! The sex life (or not) of angels! Love this thread! Thank you, each and all.

        • Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
          March 2, 2018 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

          “And there is no one I would trust more than a poet to explain to me the sex lives of angels.” Gems like these make it worthwhile to scroll back through the comments at the end of the day!

  48. Linda LeBreux's Gravatar Linda LeBreux
    March 2, 2018 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    This is going to be a nail-biter!

  49. Jane's Gravatar Jane
    March 2, 2018 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    I voted for Anna because the lovely bio of her really helped me see how Anna is indeed the poster Saint for the season of Lent. With her life, she sets the pattern for a holy Lent and one that indeed leads us to be ready for the coming of Christ into our lives on the glorious morning of Easter!

  50. Joanne B. Parrott's Gravatar Joanne B. Parrott
    March 2, 2018 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    My Mother’s favorite NT lady, I’m voting for Anna the Prophet also for my bestie,
    Rev. Anna the Preacher, UMC minister (Ret.) I’ve always loved the story of Anna
    for her devotion & reward and so proud of my Anna who can preach too.

  51. Ray's Gravatar Ray
    March 2, 2018 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    Michael taught them “to listen to the language of horses so they could be helpers to humanity”. That worked for me.

  52. Ann W.'s Gravatar Ann W.
    March 2, 2018 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    Never underestimate the power of an old lady filled with the Holy Spirit! Plus, she’s my and my daughter’s patron. So, Anna has my vote!

  53. Joyce Rush's Gravatar Joyce Rush
    March 2, 2018 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    Anna got my vote roday. This was a tough one but her devotion and seeing Jesus presented at the temple swung it to her.

  54. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 2, 2018 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    Went with Anna today.

  55. Cindy's Gravatar Cindy
    March 2, 2018 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    My children went to a wonderful Episcopal day school called Saint Michael’s. Every year, a few weks after school started, the kids put on a fabulous St Michael pageant. In chapel the kids sang a little prayer one of the founders had arranged:

    Michael Archangel
    Holy Saint Michael
    Be thou our shield against darkness and sin
    O prince most glorious
    Michael Archangel
    Guard us for Jesus’ sake
    Outside and in.

  56. Karin's Gravatar Karin
    March 2, 2018 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    How is Michael as warrior a “more modern concept” when that is precisely how he is portrayed in both Daniel and Revelation? Even if war against Satan (in Revelation) doesn’t count, surely war for Israel against the angels of the enemy nations (in Daniel) must?

  57. Fran's Gravatar Fran
    March 2, 2018 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    Had to go with Michael the Archangel…just because of the “domesticator of horses”…my passion. Although I do see the argument that “humans become saints”, but Michael has always been portrayed as the “defender” and we humans need more defending

  58. Betsey's Gravatar Betsey
    March 2, 2018 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    Hadrian’s Wall has haunted my dreams for many years, so I had to visit it when touring the UK .. thus my vote for Michael today!

  59. March 2, 2018 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    The patience and the vision of Anna! To wait and serve in the temple for some 50 years, waiting for the promised Messiah, and to recognize him, as an 8-day-old infant? Would I had such patience and discernment. And Michael, I’m sorry, had his/her halo from the start. (Also gets a movie this month–Wrinkle in Time–does NOT need a mug.)

    • Kim, Canada's Gravatar Kim, Canada
      March 2, 2018 - 9:55 am | Permalink

      Her quiet patience did it for me. And that she’s a prophet, reminding me of the Godly Play introduction to the stories about prophets: Prophets are people who come so close to God, and God comes so close to them, that they know what God wants”.

  60. Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
    March 2, 2018 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    I would vote for Anna even if I weren’t agnostic about the existence of angels. Lots of people are citing Michael’s slaying of a dragon… well, I know for a fact there’s no such thing as dragons. Dragon being a metaphor in that case, surely Anna slayed dragons too!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 2, 2018 - 9:52 am | Permalink

      This month? Hooray!

  61. March 2, 2018 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    I thought I was going to vote for Anna, but Michael is the patron of law enforcement as well as the military. So in memory of my father, who was a Coastie veteran and a law enforcement officer who really believed that “to serve and protect” included everyone, I voted for Michael.

  62. Jason Louis's Gravatar Jason Louis
    March 2, 2018 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Michael will forever be a heavy John Travolta with wings holding a puppy (or just eating pie). That’s a tough image to beat, but that story of Anna really touched me. I voted for her!

  63. Betsy in Reston VA's Gravatar Betsy in Reston VA
    March 2, 2018 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    Both are worthy Saints but I voted for Anna as hers is a powerful witness—I used to attend evening prayer weekly and loved the Nunc Dimittis.

  64. madamesenora's Gravatar madamesenora
    March 2, 2018 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    General Eisenhower, fully aware of the historic significance of the lore surrounding Michael the Archangel defeating Lucifer in the battle of good and evil, worshiped at Mont St. Michel after taking the Normandy beaches in WWII in preparation for his march towards Berlin. Locals firmly believe that the protection of St. Michel aided the Allies in their quest to defeat Nazi Germany.

  65. MR McKenney's Gravatar MR McKenney
    March 2, 2018 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    Had to vote for Michael since our church is St. Michael and All Angels!

  66. Marie Jones (Mama J)'s Gravatar Marie Jones (Mama J)
    March 2, 2018 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    Love them both for different reasons. . . heads, it’s Anna, tails, it’s Michael (cue the drum roll!)
    And it comes up Michael! We are blest either way!

    • Vicar Mollie's Gravatar Vicar Mollie
      March 2, 2018 - 11:46 am | Permalink

      Oh, THANK YOU, Mama J! You showed me how to decide!

      And after another drum roll, a French 2-franc coin came up tails, so I will indeed vote for Michael! And we are indeed blessed with either one proceeding to the next round.

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        March 2, 2018 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

        Pile ou face? Pile!

  67. Ellen Woodworth's Gravatar Ellen Woodworth
    March 2, 2018 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    If a saint is a holy person, meaning set apart for the service of God, it is right to choose Anna. She must have had the gift of discernment, as the Spirit revealed to her that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. I can only imagine how many babies she witnessed being dedicated, year after year after year. I also can imagine how this event changed her life and witness in her remaining years. Michael is an archangel; that’s recognition enough!

  68. Mandy Benjamin's Gravatar Mandy Benjamin
    March 2, 2018 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    Michael has a role in Louise Penny’s latest, Glass Houses, so he gets my vote.
    Mandy B

  69. Mary Beth Smith's Gravatar Mary Beth Smith
    March 2, 2018 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    Oh my, brackets this year are so tough!

    I voted for Anna today. My previous votes went to the more action-oriented saints, but there is such a need in our lives for prayer and quiet contemplation. Plus, my daughter is named for her great-grandmother Anna, so there it is!

  70. Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
    March 2, 2018 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    You just never know what the Internet will reveal. On YouTube, search for “mysterious line st michael” to find a video about seven shrines to the Archangel situated in a straight line that runs from Ireland to Israel. Ignore (a) the fact that the source is “UFOmania,” (b) the weird conjectures, and (c) the LOL pronunciations caused by the use of a robotic voice to read a written text (!), and enjoy the shrines.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 2, 2018 - 10:10 am | Permalink

      I’m going to take your word for it, Davis! Reminds me of Charing Cross and the other crosses in England that King Edward i put up along Eleanor’s funeral procession. Not a straight line, but there was a plan!

    • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
      March 2, 2018 - 10:12 am | Permalink

      One of those is Sagra San Michele, atop an isolated peak not far from Turin. At the foot of the road to the shrine is a restaurant that my wife and I visited on September 29, 1987 — I’m pretty sure it was the Ristorante Della Sacra that exists today. We stopped for lunch and were told, apologetically, that they could only offer us a set meal “perché è San Michele.” The place was crammed with feasting families, but they made room for us.

      It was the lunch of our lives: fifteen courses, all delicious! The dollar was strong at the time, and when they told us the cost at the end it was so reasonable that I had to ask whether it was for one {no) or two (si). I’ve always wanted to go back and may yet manage it.

    • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
      March 2, 2018 - 10:20 am | Permalink

      I tell you this, not as a mere diversion but because this is my chance finally to thank St. Michael for that lunch. On the basis of the bios I would probably have chosen Anna, but today I cast my ballot on three levels: as a vote, as an ex voto, and as a prayer to St. Michael to watch over the Italian people as they vote in their national election on Sunday.

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        March 2, 2018 - 10:51 am | Permalink

        Lovely story, Davis! I didn’t know they were in Italy, too! I only knew about those in England.

  71. Steve's Gravatar Steve
    March 2, 2018 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    While I’m a bit wary of voting against an arch-angel, I’m hoping he’s big enough to understand. Anna appeared to have done much as a “mere” human. Much more achievable for me to model.

  72. March 2, 2018 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    Michael is cool and all, but doesn’t one need to be human to be a saint? God is God and angels are angels but humans can be…well, decidedly unsaintly!

  73. March 2, 2018 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Two very worthy saints. Since my daughter loves and has a rescue horse which she had trained to be ridden I must vote for Michael.

  74. Bonnie Bowman's Gravatar Bonnie Bowman
    March 2, 2018 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    I thought about this one more than I did with the other stumper with J. Westley. Anna led the life I would aspire too. There has always been turmoil and “battles” in my life. Contemplation- something I catch between brushing my teeth and bed. Wanted to vote for Anna but my vote was for Michael. His strength.

    • Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
      March 2, 2018 - 11:34 am | Permalink

      Please, everyone, our founder’s name is Wesley–no t!

  75. James's Gravatar James
    March 2, 2018 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    lol, next year in Round One of Lent Madness: a briefly mentioned biblical figure versus: God the Father. Make it happen, SEC!

  76. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    March 2, 2018 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    It seems a bizarre to me to include an angel, but what is Lent Madness for if not to stretch our minds and hearts? Michael as angel in three religions and as a protector and healer made me vote for him. I am surprised to have done so.

  77. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 2, 2018 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    Horses not withstanding, my vote has to go to Anna, for those years of patient prayer and devotion, and for her joyful recognition of the infant Christ and proclamation of him as redeemer.

  78. Lauren D's Gravatar Lauren D
    March 2, 2018 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    I was raised and confirmed at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Austin, so I already knew I’d vote for Michael (even though I love the story of Anna the Prophet!), but then the image of Michael standing over Hadrian’s Mausoleum to save medieval Rome from plague sealed the deal for this Latin teacher.

  79. Celia's Gravatar Celia
    March 2, 2018 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    Michael is not human, that does seem unfair. And today’s events make me nervous about venerating anyone who has become associated with, through no fault of their own, military type demeanor. We need more patience, prayer and devotion. So – Anna for me.

    • Linda N's Gravatar Linda N
      March 2, 2018 - 2:16 pm | Permalink


  80. Bob P's Gravatar Bob P
    March 2, 2018 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    Since Michael is noted in “holy texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” he gets my vote as one who today can promote commonality.

  81. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    March 2, 2018 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    Love Anna, but went with Michael

  82. Catherine W Huber's Gravatar Catherine W Huber
    March 2, 2018 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Anna for being such a keen observer. Michael sounds like a non-human workaholic, which is not a good role model for me.

  83. beth's Gravatar beth
    March 2, 2018 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    had to go with anna, because this resonated with me: “She models for us the importance of patience, since much of a faithful life is spent waiting.” patience has never been my strong suit, but i find more value in it as i get older.

  84. aleathia nicholson's Gravatar aleathia nicholson
    March 2, 2018 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    Michael is, for me, more like a mythical figure to be conjured up and used as a model for beating up some bad ole dragons ! Just joshing with you. Seriously, Anna is the model most of us lowly sinners need to be more serious about preparing for Lent and Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. She is the model for prayer, fasting, patience, waiting and being diligent. These are the acts of the faithful that stymie many of us. It is Anna who lets us know who Jesus is-not a figure of mystery but the one who will be our ultimate salvation.

  85. Margaret L's Gravatar Margaret L
    March 2, 2018 - 10:20 am | Permalink

    Anna recognized Christ. I am voting for her. Michael has status, and much of it well-deserved, but I am saddened by the indiscriminate killing of dragons.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 2, 2018 - 11:00 am | Permalink

      “No animals were harmed in the making of this hagiography” it isn’t!

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 2, 2018 - 11:37 am | Permalink

      “Much of it well deserved” ha ha. Dragons get their due at Chinese new year but any land beast with scales gets severe treatment in the western imagination. Perhaps if Michael were lauded as killing cancer we would view his battling more favorably. But I appreciate your droll defense of the dragon even though I suspect the creature at issue is not the domestic Hogwarts version but something shapeless, smoky, and fire dealing, something dark and terrifying creating havoc and panic, something an angel would vanquish for us.

      • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
        March 2, 2018 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

        Surely this is the same dragon identified with Satan in Rev. 12:9 and 20:2. Just as you describe it.

  86. Liz in Sparks's Gravatar Liz in Sparks
    March 2, 2018 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    Angels are the closest things we have to real life super heroes. They always look out for us so I am going to look out for one og them when given the opportunity. My vote is for Michael!

  87. David Pyke's Gravatar David Pyke
    March 2, 2018 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    I totally cry foul! Michael is an Angel. Maybe the Archangel. He is not human and has not overcome human foibles to be a Saint. I think he should be DQ’d and the Exec Committee should be chastised for allowing this ringer into the bracket. Your halo must be earned, not given to you!

  88. Anne E.B.'s Gravatar Anne E.B.
    March 2, 2018 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    Michael the Archangel all the way.

  89. Tom's Gravatar Tom
    March 2, 2018 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    When I was young, I dreamt of a mighty angel, strong and implacable and holding a child. No idea what if anything it means, maybe my dinner disagreeing with me. But I’ve always remembered it vividly, and here’s my first chance to vote for an angel.

  90. Melanie Mitchell's Gravatar Melanie Mitchell
    March 2, 2018 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    Can’t vote for Michael.

    You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
    in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
    for the saints of God are just folk like me,
    and I mean to be one too.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 2, 2018 - 11:29 am | Permalink

      They lived not only in ages past;
      there are hundreds of thousands still;
      the world is bright with the joyous saints
      who love to do Jesus’ will.

    • Linda N's Gravatar Linda N
      March 2, 2018 - 2:13 pm | Permalink


  91. Timothy J. Mannion's Gravatar Timothy J. Mannion
    March 2, 2018 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    Sorry, golden halos are not required for winged angels. Even though they shrink at The Glory when entering into the sacred light, they’ve got wings!

    Anna, on the other hand, is a human. Whether she truly lived in reality, apart from Luke’s fanciful tale of birth and childhood, we may never know. But we are told of her witness and revelation. And for me, that’s what this contest is all about.

    Who among those we are presented with did the most to share the good news? Well, Anna the blabbermouth prophetess did her job, nobly.

    Anna for the win!

  92. Donna Kerry's Gravatar Donna Kerry
    March 2, 2018 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    I have lots of police officers and members of the military in my family, so I voted for Michael.

  93. Sue Dee's Gravatar Sue Dee
    March 2, 2018 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    Michael, Patron Saint of Police Officers. Law Enforcement Officers in our country need extra help from up above during these turbulent times.

  94. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    March 2, 2018 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    Anna hers my vote today. She’s a real witness and dedicated to her faith.

  95. Martha Shea's Gravatar Martha Shea
    March 2, 2018 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    I have a daughter named Anne, so there’s that. But I mainly voted for Anna because older women become invisible in past and current history. At a great age, her wisdom led herto see what others could not.

  96. Bruce of the Willowlands's Gravatar Bruce of the Willowlands
    March 2, 2018 - 10:46 am | Permalink

    I voted for Michael because I have always prayed to him since I was a small child.

  97. Linda's Gravatar Linda
    March 2, 2018 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    I voted for Anna because she reminds me of the vows I made when I became a Daughter of the King.

  98. Mark's Gravatar Mark
    March 2, 2018 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    Tough vote for me today. Anna’s witness was important, and I love the humility of her devotion. On the other hand Michael is such a mighty angel.

    I was born on St. Michael’s day, so I will let that be thumb on the scale

  99. Adelaide Kent's Gravatar Adelaide Kent
    March 2, 2018 - 10:54 am | Permalink

    I love Mont-saint-Michel, but Anna gets my vote!

  100. Barbara Bley's Gravatar Barbara Bley
    March 2, 2018 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Michael is more than a saint of goodly deeds, he is one of God’s chosen! Who are we that we should not continue to acknowledge that fact especially during lent just as Anna recognized Christ at the temple?

  101. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    March 2, 2018 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    Nora Ephratah saw Michael as John Travolta
    And Andrew Greeley sees him as Michael Jordan. Great images. My vote is for the Archangel.

  102. Ann B.'s Gravatar Ann B.
    March 2, 2018 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    You would think I would feel compelled to vote for Anna. Additionally, the tribe of Asher (which means Happy) was greatly blessed by Jacob and Moses. There has to be a reason the gospel writer would include that information in the story. She is one of the few transitional prophets between the Old and New Testaments and the only female so named a prophet in the New Testament.
    However, it’s Friday, and the fact that Michael taught the first horse whisperers cinched it for me today. I went with Michael (besides he looks like John Travolta and smells like fresh baked cookies). Anna really deserves to win this round though.

  103. Linda Hanson's Gravatar Linda Hanson
    March 2, 2018 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    Michael. Have you been to Mont Saint Michel? ..and a horse whisperer.

  104. Judi Putnam's Gravatar Judi Putnam
    March 2, 2018 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    I insisted that the Gospel reading for my mother’s funeral – Simeon- include the rest of the story – Anna. She was truly the inspiration for my mother’s active participation in her church from before I was born until she ended up in a nursing facility in her late 80’s. Had to vote for Anna.

    • Mj of St. Francis''s Gravatar Mj of St. Francis'
      March 2, 2018 - 11:27 am | Permalink

      Hard for me to justify including an archangel (or any angel for that matter) for consideration as a saint. To me, a saint is someone, who like Jesus, was born of flesh and lived as a human. Anna, who was a faithful Jewish prophet, recognized Jesus as the Christ. Truly, she is the saint here and has my vote.

  105. Laurie Gibbons's Gravatar Laurie Gibbons
    March 2, 2018 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    something about having an angel in this contest doesn’t sit right with me. I want to hear about ordinary, fallible humans, rising above or doing good works or witnessing for Christ. an angel has an unfair head start. Anna for me!

    • Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
      March 2, 2018 - 11:43 am | Permalink

      At age 80, I need all the role models I can find! So I vote for Anna, as I spend my life in prayer and contemplation because doors are not open for me to exercise my other callings. I vote for Anna, and hope to emulate her.

  106. Elaine Hood Culver's Gravatar Elaine Hood Culver
    March 2, 2018 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    Anna the Prophet, because I believe that being an archangel gives one a significant edge. All honor to Michael, however, and thanksgiving for his care of Pasquale in the comic strip “Rose is Rose.” It’s great fun to see Pasquale’s ordinarily cherubic guardian angel morph into Michael when Pasquale is about to get himself into trouble. John Travolta was a very appealing Michael in the movie by the same name. How can anyone not like an archangel who “smells like cookies”?

  107. jennifer's Gravatar jennifer
    March 2, 2018 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    if I don’t get a very strong feeling towards one or the other in the vote, my default is for the woman!

  108. March 2, 2018 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Hahaha! Oh, SEC. Sorry, I just gotta go with the human on this one, so Anna it is. But I see it’s a close race! This will be interesting.

  109. Mike Bond's Gravatar Mike Bond
    March 2, 2018 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Love reading the comments. All Y’all rock in my estimation.

  110. Susan Wall's Gravatar Susan Wall
    March 2, 2018 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Every saint bears witness to some aspect of the Divine. St. Michael reveals God’s love in protecting, defending, and healing those who suffer from the conflicts in our broken world– especially (for me) those enduring the horrors of tribal wars, terrorism, and genocide in too many countries. Today, Michael has my vote.

  111. Wendy's Gravatar Wendy
    March 2, 2018 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    Going with the widow, as I am one. Certainly not as faithful as Anna, but I admire her for it.

  112. Mary W.'s Gravatar Mary W.
    March 2, 2018 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    Anna for me. There’s no evidence of Micahel ever being human, and in this contest I”m species-ist.

  113. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 2, 2018 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    I didn’t hesitate in this vote at all. Michael as domesticator of horses is quite the Trojan hero. But Troy has been sung for ages and ages and will be sung for ages to come. And Michael is so well ensconsed in heaven, always already and forevermore standing in the presence of God with Gabriel and all the company of heaven, that he doesn’t need my vote.

    But Anna is the only woman identified as a prophet in the Bible, unless Miriam can also lay claim to that title. And aging women without men get such short shrift, receiving the crumbs of any society. Jesus tells us directly that God prefers the widow’s mite. So I am voting for Anna. The “bio” stresses patience and faithfulness. What is impressive to me is that in her human mortality, Anna has not “grown old,” so to speak; she is fresh and ready and practiced, through her spiritual disciplines, to receive the divine when it appears. She promptly perceives it, recognizes it, and acclaims it. Anna is a model of the true, human, spiritual warrior. Anna for me today.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 2, 2018 - 11:24 am | Permalink

      Unwearied still, lover by lover,
      They paddle in the cold
      Companionable streams or climb the air;
      Their hearts have not grown old.

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        March 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

        Yeats has been on my mind this week ever since I saw “Annihilation”!

    • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
      March 2, 2018 - 11:47 am | Permalink

      You missed Huldah (who shares a name with one of my great grandmothers).

      2 Kings 22:14-20
      2 Chronicles 34:22-28

      . . . Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter) . . .

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        March 2, 2018 - 11:57 am | Permalink

        Wow, I’ve never heard of her! Thank you. I am afraid Kings and Chronicles are books that gather dust in my Biblical reading; I maneuver my literary camels well around them . . .

        • Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
          March 3, 2018 - 12:35 am | Permalink

          I would encourage you to give them a chance. Think of it as a Lenten discipline if that helps.

    • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
      March 2, 2018 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Almost enough to make me regret voting the lunch ticket.

  114. Lisa Keppeler's Gravatar Lisa Keppeler
    March 2, 2018 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    Googled a bit, and looks like the RC Church does not technically consider angels saints, though they certainly are worthy of being called sancta/holy. I think Michael and Gabriel kind of got grandfathered into the calendar of saints because they were already being invoked and getting churches named after them when the Church got more systematic about defining what constitutes a saint. I believe in angelic entities — though I’m quite agnostic about their particulars — but I don’t think Michael, wherever and whatever he/she may be, has need of a halo made in China in the 21st-century. Anna the Prophet gets my vote.

  115. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 2, 2018 - 11:40 am | Permalink

    For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

    Anna reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the Psalter.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 2, 2018 - 11:53 am | Permalink

      Miss Jan, you have picked one of my absolute all-time favorite psalms. Perfect.

  116. LoisAnne's Gravatar LoisAnne
    March 2, 2018 - 11:53 am | Permalink

    Voted for Anna because I saw a recent production of an opera that had Anna as a character so this stood out for me. Also she is a woman that was given a name in the Bible. And, although I have always been fond of Michael, it occurred to me that I don’t like the armor and warrior aspect and reading about him made me think of the crusades, not our brightest moment.

    • Linda N's Gravatar Linda N
      March 2, 2018 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Hear, hear!

  117. Judy Bye's Gravatar Judy Bye
    March 2, 2018 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    My husband’s name is Michael, my 5th son’s birthday is Sept. 29th. For decades Mike has tried to teach me about angels and archangels and I still don’t believe a word of it. Grotesques, he says. I like grotesques and they’re all over my cathedral (WDC). So are angels. They’re in stained glass windows in nearly every church. Well, Episcopal churches–if they have anything more than color. I don’t care if Michael wasn’t a mortal or a saint. I just looked at tons of images of the Archangels. It’s a wonder Christianity still is. I like Anna. I’m old too. Makes me want a few angels around. I’m going with Michael.

  118. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    March 2, 2018 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Definitely a tough call. I have much admiration for Anna, but have called on Michael to vanquish the powers of hell more than once in this lifetime, so Michael it is.

  119. Brenda McHenry's Gravatar Brenda McHenry
    March 2, 2018 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Patience, patience…

  120. Wynne Osborne's Gravatar Wynne Osborne
    March 2, 2018 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I have to vote for old women everywhere! Anna for me today.

  121. Jim Wiant's Gravatar Jim Wiant
    March 2, 2018 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I went with the human, Anna. I know the church recognizes angels as saints, but I think it’s an unfair match-up

  122. Belle's Gravatar Belle
    March 2, 2018 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m all for the archangels, but they don’t need my vote to be famous or honored. Even though Michael’s places started out as places of healing, and he’s associated with horses — both important to me — I’m going with the Jewish woman prophet whose devotion is an example.

  123. Anne Clayton's Gravatar Anne Clayton
    March 2, 2018 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Tough choice for me today – but I chose Anna because her story is more solid to me than that of Michael.

  124. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 2, 2018 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Gotta be Michael. As a fencer (a very poor one) I took him as my patron,

  125. john w miller's Gravatar john w miller
    March 2, 2018 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    In our time of new challenges to Christianity, we need Michael to lead us. I like his active deeds and his courage.

  126. Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
    March 2, 2018 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey – SEC. Cute one, assigning both Anna Alexander and Anna the Prophet to CB Anna Fitch Courie.

  127. Joyce's Gravatar Joyce
    March 2, 2018 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Michael because I thought he’d have better kitsch.

  128. Kate Cabot's Gravatar Kate Cabot
    March 2, 2018 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I call foul on the SEC for sending in an Archangel Ringer! Very naughty!

  129. Jeanne king's Gravatar Jeanne king
    March 2, 2018 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Tough choice here. Angels and prophets are both messengers. But angels are s comfort: they always lead with “do not be afraid”. Michael gets my vote and my heart

  130. Jeanne king's Gravatar Jeanne king
    March 2, 2018 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Prophets and angels are both messengers. Angels bring comfort with them “do not be afraid” is always the lead . My vote and heart go to Michael

  131. Bonnie Caudell's Gravatar Bonnie Caudell
    March 2, 2018 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Michael already has it “made.” Anna is the great one.

  132. Tom Beal's Gravatar Tom Beal
    March 2, 2018 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Wait a minute. Michael is not human, he is an angel. Unfair

  133. Melissa's Gravatar Melissa
    March 2, 2018 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Madness! Sheer madness! Prophet vs Archangel?? What to do??

    I chose Michael because he is a defender of God’s people.

  134. Sharon's Gravatar Sharon
    March 2, 2018 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Don’t angels already have halos? If so, then it seems redundant to include an angel in Lent Madness competing for the Golden Halo.

    A long time ago I asked when we started canonizing angels since the feast day was being called St Michael and All Angels. The “St” has been dropped in the current lectionary, but we still have a day to honor the angels. I have no problem with that, but I have never gotten an answer to my original question. I don’t pray to angels or ask them to intercede for me. I go directly to God and ask Him to intercede in whatever way He deems best. It may very well be by sending an angel, or even Michael, but that is not my choice to make.

    I don’t know how God would define “saint,” but I think Anna definitely qualifies.

  135. Linda N's Gravatar Linda N
    March 2, 2018 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I am not a fan of the Church Militant. That is definitely NOT what Christ taught. I prefer humble and fasting, as Jesus is. I chose Anna.

  136. Lindsay's Gravatar Lindsay
    March 2, 2018 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Voting in honor of a parish with a special place in my heart- St. Michael’s Austin!

  137. Timothy Rake's Gravatar Timothy Rake
    March 2, 2018 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Michael for the most mundane reason perhaps – because I love the Mont Saint Michel in France, and without Michael, well…..

  138. Lois Keen's Gravatar Lois Keen
    March 2, 2018 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m disappointed Seraphim lost, even tho I usually vote for the women over the men, Seraphim has been a hero for me. I’m also disappointed that Anna the Prophet – the only woman to be awarded the title “Prophet” in the NT, is trailing behind Michael Archangel. No offense, Michael. But Prophet!

  139. Margaret's Gravatar Margaret
    March 2, 2018 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I’ve attended two St. Michael and all Angels parishes, but the story of the Presentation at the Temple is a favorite of mine. So I voted for Anna, her wisdom, patience, faithfulness and prophetic powers. (I’m thankfu Anna wasn’t pitted against Simeon. That would have been an impossible choice!)

  140. Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
    March 2, 2018 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    As a historical reenactor in a company of Renaissance German mercenaries, I have a deep affection for an angelic warrior even if the fighting attribute didn’t come about until the Middle Ages. And walking unprepared into the demented splendor of the high altar in St. Michael’s Church in Vienna is one of my fondest memories from my honeymoon. (,_Vienna#/media/File:Wien_-_Michaelerkirche,_Hochaltar.JPG) BUT, “The simple fact that Anna is given a name and title speaks to the importance of this woman.” Yes indeed! On this match-up, I’m going with Crone Power.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 2, 2018 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

      “Demented splendor” captures it. Rococo to the max. Thanks.
      (Apparently I hit the wrong “reply” button.)

  141. Margaret brenneman's Gravatar Margaret brenneman
    March 2, 2018 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Today the vote goes for the archangel Michael. Are the other three archangels going to be contestants? The

  142. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 2, 2018 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

    “Demented splendor” captures it. Rococo to the max. Thanks.

  143. Marlene Hogue's Gravatar Marlene Hogue
    March 2, 2018 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Real person vs. an angel. Anna gets my vote.

  144. Anna Not the Prophet's Gravatar Anna Not the Prophet
    March 2, 2018 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    That’s the first time my moniker has been called mundane. Harumpf!

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 2, 2018 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

      They misspelled “mignon monikers.”

  145. Sally in Dallas's Gravatar Sally in Dallas
    March 2, 2018 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Anna’s example of patience and devotion to God spoke to me today, as I feel particularly besieged by our cultural abandonment of God’s Word of love and justice in today’s political climate. I need her model of wisdom, understanding, and PATIENCE this Lent. “Heal us, Good Lord”.

    • Peggy Hans's Gravatar Peggy Hans
      March 2, 2018 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

      You’ve said it well, Sally.

  146. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    March 2, 2018 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    We gave both our sons middle names after archangels. Ironically, the one who went into the Marine Corps has the middle name of Michael. I always thought he was the coolest angel.

  147. Frau P's Gravatar Frau P
    March 2, 2018 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Our local RC church is San Miguel, and comes with a great story. The church was built in 1615, and originally Nuestra Senora de Socorro (our Lady of Help.) In the 19th century, there was an Apache raid, and villagers sought refuge in the adobe church. The raiders saw an apparition of a winged man wielding a sword, and fled. The church was renamed San Miguel, since he had protected them.
    Going with Michael!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 2, 2018 - 4:55 pm | Permalink

      Wow! That IS a great story!

    • Mary Lou Malone's Gravatar Mary Lou Malone
      March 5, 2018 - 11:53 pm | Permalink

      So I suppose Our Lady did send help!

  148. Karen Sculley's Gravatar Karen Sculley
    March 2, 2018 - 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Even though we named one of our kids after the aforesaid archangel, I voted for Anna and am inspired by her example of prayer, fasting, patience, anticipation, and waiting for the Lord.

  149. Ruth Soule's Gravatar Ruth Soule
    March 2, 2018 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I have to go with Michael, as my Adult Son
    When he was in Sunday School portrayed
    Michael the Archangel. And as Michael was
    Seen fighting the dragon in Revelations my So.
    Fought many a dragon with Math in School!
    He won, became a teacher in Math and is now a Principal! So, not only did Michael fight, defeat, & Conqueor he also helped people
    With what they were dealing with and helped
    Guide them as well! So I feel bad for Anna but
    my heart is with Michael!

  150. Mark's Gravatar Mark
    March 2, 2018 - 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Michael is probably working overtime as the Patron Saint of our beloved PB. Compared to that, dragons are a piece of cake.

  151. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    March 2, 2018 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

    May Gabriel be with me on Sundays, and the power of the King of Heaven
    May Gabriel be with me always that evil may not come to me, nor injury.

    Michael on Monday I speak of, my mind is set on him,
    Not with anyone do I compare him but with Jesus, Mary’s son.

    If it be Tuesday, Raphael I mention, until the end comes, for my help.
    One of the seven whom I beseech, as long as I am on the field of the world.

    May Uriel be with me on Wednesdays, the abbot with high nobility,
    Against wound and against danger, against the sea of rough wind.

    Sariel on Thursday I speak of, against the swift waves of the sea,
    Against every evil that comes to a man, against every disease that seizes him.

    On the day of the second fast, Rumiel – a clear blessing – I have loved,
    I say only the truth, good the friend I have taken.

    May Panchel be with me on Saturdays, as long as I am in the yellow-coloured world,
    May sweet Mary, together with her friend, deliver me from strangers.

    May the Trinity protect me! May the Trinity defend me!
    May the Trinity save me from every hurt, from every danger.

    – A ninth century Irish “Archangelic prayer.” It includes several lesser known names among the archangels.

  152. Christine Parkhurst's Gravatar Christine Parkhurst
    March 2, 2018 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I was going to vote for Anna in honor of my grandmother Anna, a nurse and former Episcopal nun in the Order of St Anne (see Call the Midwife.) However, when I heard that Michael taught two human saints to understand the language of horses, I had to vote for him. How delightful that people understood early on that horses have their own language, which people can try to understand in order to communicate with them. I rode for many years before finally retiring a year ago. I learned a little bit of the language of horses. Horse people refer to certain patient school ponys and horses as saints, with good reason.

  153. Lenny Anderson's Gravatar Lenny Anderson
    March 2, 2018 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I always thought it was cheating to call angels saints since they aren’t human. I’m voting Anna!

  154. Doris McLallen's Gravatar Doris McLallen
    March 2, 2018 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    For me, in some ways, this was the most difficult choice yet. In another, the similarity of Michael’s qualities and attributes to another Michael, taken to heaven much too soon for us earthbound, won the day. Our Michael, a marine, son, father, brother and friend has the most beautiful depiction of the Archangel Michael on his headstone. And then, there’s the bit about horses…

  155. Peggy Hans's Gravatar Peggy Hans
    March 2, 2018 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Her prayer, patience, devotion, and boldness in speaking “about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” cause me to vote for Anna.

  156. Dorothy's Gravatar Dorothy
    March 2, 2018 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Lent Madness Organizing Committee…. how do you decide who, exactly, gets to be a saint in this annual tourney? Especially curious today, since neither the Jewish temple-dweller nor the heavenly sword-wielder are likely to be found in any list of saints, not even in lists of “Anglican saints.” (Where canonization is not required.)
    So… how does one get “saint” bestowed upon oneself for Lent Madness?

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      March 2, 2018 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

      “St. Michael and All Angels” is a feast day in the Episcopal Church – September 29.

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      March 2, 2018 - 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Also, this article says that “The Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church commemorate Anna as a saint, Anna the Prophetess. ” The rule, I believe, is that those chosen for Lent Madness must be celebrated on at least one calendar (not necessarily the Episcopal Church or an Anglican church).

  157. Jill Liberty's Gravatar Jill Liberty
    March 2, 2018 - 5:47 pm | Permalink

    This was a very difficult choice for me. It occurs to me that the stories of Anna and Michael might be more fruitfully interpreted metaphorically than literally. As someone pointed out, the word “sanctus” first means “consecrated” or “holy.” The Episcopal Sanctus begins, “holy, holy, holy.” “Sanctus” doesn’t necessarily denotes “sainthood.” I have always found the concept that humans are qualified to declare who or isn’t a saint a curious notion. I don’t think this pairing is as unfair as it is impossible. Michael needs no introduction and certainly no human attempts to elevate him. I like to think him as standing at the entrance to heaven, greeting Anna, for whom I voted, with a smile and a halo.

    • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
      March 2, 2018 - 7:42 pm | Permalink

      Many languages, including most of the familiar Western ones, don’t have a separate word for “saint.”

      • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
        March 2, 2018 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

        Though Italian and the Iberian languages do have a special form they use as a title for most male saints.

        • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
          March 3, 2018 - 8:45 am | Permalink

          Word nerd! (I’m one, too!)

  158. R. Reimer's Gravatar R. Reimer
    March 2, 2018 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! now we have an armed archangel and a dragon in competition with an aged widow! As an awesome elder I’m going with Anna and her recognition of the Messiah –

  159. Kathy Wicks's Gravatar Kathy Wicks
    March 2, 2018 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

    A very hard choice again today. Anna is my daughter’s name and she was born on my birthday; which is the day we commemorate Michael and the Angels.

  160. Patricia White's Gravatar Patricia White
    March 2, 2018 - 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I am very devoted to Michael, but being an immortal, is he qualified to be a mere human saint?

  161. Jenifer's Gravatar Jenifer
    March 2, 2018 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Father, Son, Holy Spirit — Archangel Michael –Amen

  162. Isaiah Age 12's Gravatar Isaiah Age 12
    March 2, 2018 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

    In my family we vote for human beings, just saying… 🙂

  163. Lynell's Gravatar Lynell
    March 2, 2018 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Had to go with Anna- her feast day is my birthday

  164. Gail Adams's Gravatar Gail Adams
    March 2, 2018 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Michael was a healer and protected, before he was a warrior. I voted for Michael, in honor to his previous vocation. Let us return him to it.

  165. March 2, 2018 - 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I have experienced Michael as a healer and companion in healing during a hard and scary time in my life. He gets my vote and my gratitude.

  166. Brynna's Gravatar Brynna
    March 2, 2018 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

    As awesome as Michael is, this match-up is unfair. The Saintly Scorecard pits saint against saint–not saint vs heavenly being who never experienced life as a human being.

  167. Me. Te's Gravatar Me. Te
    March 2, 2018 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    If Michael indeed guards the souls of the dead and escorts them to God, I’m not voting against him!

  168. Carol Tyrrell's Gravatar Carol Tyrrell
    March 2, 2018 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Terrible choice to make. Both are excellent examples of Godly virtue but I will have to go with Michael, mostly because I am really partial to angels!!

  169. Linda Morgan's Gravatar Linda Morgan
    March 3, 2018 - 12:08 am | Permalink

    I think it is interesting that a lot of the votes for Anna have the same reasoning as was used to vote against Seraphim yesterday.

  170. KG's Gravatar KG
    March 3, 2018 - 12:11 am | Permalink

    Horse sense leads me to vote for Michael. And his care of so many for so long.

  171. Nora's Gravatar Nora
    March 3, 2018 - 12:51 am | Permalink

    Human vs archangel! This is madness!!!

  172. Bill Loring's Gravatar Bill Loring
    March 3, 2018 - 12:56 am | Permalink

    I have a photo of myself with Abp. Ramsey and my then young son Michael. I attached a(n imagined) caption:
    ME: Your Grace, this is my son, Michael, named after the archangel.
    ABP: You know, the archangel was named after me.
    (Not far out of character — At a conference with Cardinal Suenens a reporter asked which one was the Cardinal and Ramsey promptly replied that he was.)
    Needless to say, I vote for Michael.

  173. James Oppenheimer's Gravatar James Oppenheimer
    March 3, 2018 - 1:06 am | Permalink

    I was a little befuddled today, choosing between a lady who sits in temple all day and a guy who arguably isn’t even a guy. More like some kind of demigod.

    The only person to vote for would be Anna, and all she did was show up. Then I thought about it a bit more. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” And all the despair that had to go into the writing of that poem.
    Woody Allen supposedly observed that most of what constitutes leading a good life is “showing up.”
    Or something like that. Showing up.
    Well, maybe that’s a point all of us can take as we move through this holy season.
    Sometimes it isn’t the clever turns of phrase or the erudite reasoning employed that make the difference. Sometimes it’s just showing up.
    When your kid is singing at the Spring Concert, it doesn’t matter if you understand what they’re singing, or why they chose the pieces they did. What matters, above all, is that you show up.
    When someone is being buried, you might not even have known the guy very well, but you show up.
    Well, Anna showed up. And for that, she will always be remembered.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 3, 2018 - 8:51 am | Permalink

      Nice! Thanks

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 3, 2018 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Well reasoned. “What he said.”

  174. Janene's Gravatar Janene
    March 3, 2018 - 7:56 am | Permalink

    Anna for me. She devoted her life to prayer and fasting and actually saw the infant Jesus, our Lord. Michael the Arch angel is in heaven getting a laugh out of this, I bet.

  175. Mary-Theresa Anderson's Gravatar Mary-Theresa Anderson
    March 3, 2018 - 9:56 am | Permalink

    I cannot see how an angel would know the human life with its ups and downs. This has been an interesting addition when the saints in this lent madness were martyrs and suffered to be a testimony to Jesus and Christianity.

  176. Paxton Murphy's Gravatar Paxton Murphy
    March 3, 2018 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    I voted for Anna because while we as Christians need the protection of big, bold Angels, we also need the meek and less physically forceful to quietly move Heaven to advance the faith!

  177. PaulaB's Gravatar PaulaB
    March 3, 2018 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you Paxton. I also voted for Anna.

  178. Ronald Hicks's Gravatar Ronald Hicks
    March 3, 2018 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Anna, based on being a real person, but I did enjoy Michael dancing to “Chain, chain, chain.”

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