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A giant statue of St Michael in Mexico City (CNS photo/Greg Tarczynski)

The saint who threw Satan out of heaven

St Michael the Archangel (September 29) provides aid in the spiritual struggle fought in every human soul

Daily readings: September 25 – October 1

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Ez 18:25-28; Ps 25; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32

Daily readings: September 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Canterbury, where St Theodore founded a hugely influential school

St Theodore of Tarsus (September 19) probably never gave England a thought before the age of 66. But English civilisation owes him a great debt

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Lent: Is 55:6-9; Ps 145; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Mt 20:1-16a

Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year: Sir 27:30-28:7; Ps 103; Rm 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35

Daily readings: September 11 – 17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The ruins of the cathedral at Clonmacnoise

St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise (September 9) founded a monastery attracting recruits from all over Europe

Gentile Bellini depicts St Laurence in this painting from 1465

St Laurence Giustiniani (September 5) was born an aristocrat but became renowned for his extreme asceticism