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Michaelmas was not just a pretty big holy day, but falling nearly on the Equinox it served double duty as a harvest festival throughout much of Western Europe. You can imagine that this made it one of the most important celebrations between Easter and All Saint's Day.
It was, in fact, such a big deal that no less that J. S. Bach was commissioned to write this cantata for Michaelmas in 1724. It follows the liturgy of the day (sort of; it pretty much skates past Revelations), but after an appropriately sober opening ends with an almost festive air.
* Readers of the Greek Orthodox devotion will celebrate this feast in November.