The time of year when summer turns into fall is an amazing time at The City School!  One of the important things that our students partake in almost immeadiatly after the beginning of the year is our  celebration of Michaelmas, the Saint famous for slaying the dragon.  The first and second grade class, with help from class five-six, present a play, St. George and the Dragon.  Afterwards, the children go outside where they  face challenges set before them by the Teachers.

This year our Michealmas Play will be held on Friday September 27th.

Please enjoy our 2012 Michaelmas play from The City School

 

 

Michaelmas Chalkboard drawingExcerpt from: Michaelmas, by Karen Rivers. Waldorf Education—A family guide.

Michaelmas—At autumn time, as the life forces of nature recede, turning toward a winter sleep, the inner life of the human soul is awakening. It is a time of conscious selfhood, a time when we celebrate the building and strengthening of our inner life. In many cultures, the autumn time marks the beginning of a new year. The forces of nature are transiting with the autumnal equinox, as the relationship of light and darkness changes in the world around us…. the children hear stories about St. George, a brace knight, who with the help of the Archangel Michael, slays or tame the dragon. …These images truly symbolize the challenge we face in the autumn season. They speak to our deep need to carry an inner light of wisdom and courage at this time when the light is diminishing. Through strength of will, inner activity of selfless consciousness. we bring light to the darkening time. These are very challenging time; the anti-social forces are emerging everywhere. May we gain insight, courage and truth at this Michaelmas time, to bring light to our inner life, our community and the world in these times of darkness.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel is a day in the Western Christian calendar which occurs on 29 September. Because it falls near the equinox, it is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. In medieval England, Michaelmas marked the ending and beginning of the husbandman’s year, George C. Homans observes: “at that time harvest was over, and the bailiff or reeve of the manor would be making out the accounts for the year.”

The Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is honored for defeating Lucifer in the war in heaven. He is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator of cosmic intelligence. Michaelmas has also delineated time and seasons for secular purposes as well, particularly in the United Kingdom and Ireland as one of the quarter days.

 

 

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