The ancient festival of Michaelmas is celebrated midway between the northern hemisphere's summer and winter solstices. As summer's warmth fades, and the cool crispness of autumn falls upon us, mother nature's fruits and vegetables ripen for harvesting. Her gifts help sustain us through the dark cold days of winter and remind us to summon our own gifts and inner strength to help balance our internal light with the darkness of the season.
One favorite Michaelmas story is that of St. George taming the dragon with the sword of justice and courage given to him by the Archangel St. Michael.
A celebration of strength and courage, of facing dragons both internal and external, Michaelmas is a great time to ponder our own inner dragons and to cultivate the courage and strength necessary for self-development.
The Michaelmas Pageant
For many years now, our second-grade students have presented a short play about St. Michael to illustrate a story of courage. As tradition holds, we will have singing before and during the play.
Our students will share a potluck of simple fare featuring “Dragon Bread.”
We encourage students to wear red as a color of will. We incorporate some aspect of working together and annually plant bulbs to bloom in the spring. The dragon represents fears and doubts that all of us feel at times and the children in the play with their swords represent our courage to face our fears. Handmade “meteors” bring cosmic forces to our earth at the end of every summer, helping us to see the beauty and wonder of nature.