The Lent of Saint Michael

In the ancient times of the Church, to help prepare for the Feast of St. Michael, which is on September 29, a 40 day penitential practice, similar to that of Lent was performed. This penitential practice was called The Lent of Saint Michael. The Lent of Saint Michael started on August 21. This was a favorite devotion of St. Francis, and is a beautiful devotion which Franciscans should rekindle.