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 life, 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 St Michael the Archangel because he lives a life of ceaseless worship, which is the quintessential relationship with God. He is the leader of the angelic host that has cast Satan from heaven, so we look to him as we confront our postChristian age with confidence and humility.
We are also committed to Mary, the mother of God. She is our model for human intimacy with Jesus, and we desire to learn from her how to bear Christ within us and into the world. We ask her to help us to become more like her, and to teach us about her son.
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 a community that loves the Church. We are called to reinforcement, to strengthening the witness of the local church. We submit to the authority of the church, while also 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 patience and simplicity. This corresponds to moving with slowness and smallness, for the purpose of total conversion. We believe that the pursuit of life in Christ is the work of a lifetime. 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. What Jesus, the Apostles, the Prophets and Patriarchs, and Fathers and Mothers 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.
We are committed to deep crying out to deep, to intimate and incomprehensible loving communion with Jesus Christ, and to communion with one another and all God’s Church. The goal of all the hard work we do together is that human hearts may fellowship with God’s heart unhindered, that we may enter the heavenly throne room to worship in this age and before our deaths, and that we may come as Jesus wants us to to know him deeply, even as we are deeply known.
We live out these commitments through:
- Worshiping together once a month
- Reading the writings of early Church Mothers and Fathers together and discussing these readings at our monthly gatherings as well as informally, one on one
- Resting together in July and December
- Celebrating the Feast of St. Michael in September and the Feast of the Annunciation in March
- Accountability to the Open Door
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 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 Morning at the beginning of Lent. This prayer gathering lasts from 6am-1pm. All participants are expected to commit to its entirety. The focus of the morning is sustained intercession and worship on behalf of the ministries participants lead, whether it be local churches, campus ministries, or other communities.
We also hold an annual Ministry Vigil at the end of the summer. This vigil is an expansion of the Prayer Morning and last twenty-four hours: from 8am through 8am the following morning. As with the Prayer Morning, all participants are expected to commit to its entirety, with the focus being sustained intercession and worship on behalf of the ministries that participants lead.
The House website offers regular ongoing reflections on the Fathers: www.houseofstmichaelthearchangel.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