What is the House of St Michael the Archangel?
The House of St Michael the Archangel is a community that bears Jesus Christ in the flesh – the death and resurrection of the Word of God in our very lives – and is dedicated to total conversion: the total conversion of our hearts, minds, souls, bodies, and all the world, everyone and everything.
We are committed to being a living memory of the Faith of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. In an age when it is so easy to forget, we strive always to remember the Faith once handed down by the Apostles and received by the Fathers and Mothers of the Church. Through the Fathers and Mothers, we dwell in the Holy Scriptures as we seek and pray for total conversion.
We are not an intentional community or a church plant. We are called to reinforcement, to strengthening the witness of the local church. We are a voice calling out, “Come and glorify the Lord. Offer your life as a complete sacrifice, holy and beautiful. Do not be afraid, but receive the total love of Jesus; for nothing is so sweet, so pure, so desirous as His body and blood, crucified and glorified; and nothing so powerful as His humility.”
We are committed to St Michael the Archangel because he is the leader of the angelic host that has cast Satan from heaven. So we look to him as we confront our post-Christian age with confidence and humility. And we are committed to St Michael because he lives a life of ceaseless worship, which is the quintessential knowledge of God.
The House of St Michael is committed to the pursuit of holiness – the pursuit of intimate and incomprehensible loving communion with Jesus Christ. We are committed to the love of God in Jesus Christ and to the love that Jesus Christ has for his Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, and Saints. And so we love the Church.
We are also committed to patience and simplicity. This corresponds to moving with slowness and smallness, for the purpose of aiming at comprehensiveness (total conversion) and extensiveness (the House grows in its influence from a place of incredible strength). The work of the House cannot be accomplished quickly and to try to do so will just make it take even longer.
We are committed to fearlessness. We pursue the perfect love that casts out fear. So we die to ourselves every day and stand with confidence before impossible things. We confess that such confidence is a choice. It’s also the only calling we’ve received in Christ. What Jesus, the Apostles, Prophets, Patriarchs, and Fathers call us to is astounding. The House encourages people to pursue this calling.
We are committed to iron sharpening iron. Every member of the House is committed to becoming iron – for their own sakes, the sake of others, the sake of the House, and the sake of faithfulness to Christ. Spiritual struggle is part of this. Rest is part of this. Vigilance is part of this. People need to be sharpened by each other.
Opportunities to connect with the House of St Michael:
We host an annual Devotional Conference in mid-January, a two-day gathering that manifests, initiates into, and encourages people to lives of greater devotion.
We offer Intensive Cohorts that connect people to the culture and ethos of the House. At these gatherings, ancient writings are discussed in the context of prayer, worship, and fellowship.
We also offer a three-day Intensive Seminar, consisting of three consecutive intensive cohort days. It’s held during the three days immediately prior to the Devotional Conference.
We host a sung Jesus Prayer Evening three times a year. Anyone is welcome to these evenings who desires to enter the beauty and divinity of the Name of Jesus.
We hold an annual Ministry Prayer Vigil during the summer. The vigil is twenty-four hours long (8am-8am) and whoever participates is required to commit to the entire vigil. The focus of the vigil is sustained intercession and worship on behalf of ministries people serve, whether it be churches, campus ministries, or other communities.
The House website offers regular ongoing reflections on the Fathers: www.houseofstmichaelthearchangel.org
Tim Becker, Director of the House of St Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecumenism is not fundamentally a matter of documents, it’s a method of human and Christian relationships built on mutual trust and friendship.
- Cardinal Walter Kasper
Don’t be afraid to be saints.
- Pope John Paul II
Asceticism produces not a good but a beautiful personality; the characteristic peculiarity of great Saints is not the goodness of heart which is common among carnal and even very sinful men, but spiritual beauty, the dazzling beauty of radiant, light-giving personality, unattainable by carnal men weighed down by the flesh.
- Fr Pavel Florensky
We should lay everything before God in hope.
- St Mark the Monk
Can any king achieve what holiness achieves? … In the contest between holiness and a king’s power, victory went to holiness. The prophet did not fight; it was holiness that routed the enemy.
- St Neilos the Ascetic
If you wish to engage in spiritual warfare, let that little animal, the spider, always be your example for stillness of heart … The spider hunts small flies; but you will continually slay “the children of Babylon” if during your struggle you are as still in your soul as is the spider; and, in the course of this slaughter, you will be blessed by the Holy Spirit.
- St Hesychios the Priest
Just as troops are undefeated because they are protected by iron, so we can break through the black ranks of the demons if, because of our good works, we are protected by the armor of divine light and the helmet of salvation. For it is not only to cease from evil that brings purity, but actively to destroy evil by pursuing what is good.
- St Diadochos of Photiki
The one who keeps the commandments is purified. The one who is purified is illumined. And the one who is illumined is judged worthy to sleep with the Word-Spouse in the inner chamber of the mysteries.
- St Maximus the Confessor
Genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
- Apostle Paul
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
- Jesus Christ the Word of God