Monday, September 29, 2014

Feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel

In 1884 Pope Leo XIII had a vision of Our Lord talking to Satan.  Satan boasted that he could destroy the church in 75-100 years if given more time and more power.  The Lord granted Satan the time and the power.  Consequently, Pope Leo XIII wrote the St. Michael prayer and instructed that it be said at the end of every Mass and it was until 1959.  I am please to say that at my parish, Christ the King in Ann Arbor, MI, we have reinstated the practice.  With the world in it's current state, what better time to bring back this powerful prayer invoking the force of St. Michael, Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, to battle for us against the horrendous evil we are now witnessing.

Here is the abbreviated form of the prayer:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts,
by the power of God,
cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

St. Michael the Archangel, Pray for us!!!!


Mimi said...

I didn't know that history, thank you! Our commemoration is in November, but he is my Heavenly Patron.

Rosemary said...

He is a very powerful patron to have, Mimi! God bless you.