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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

St. Michael the Archangel Defend Us in Battle

Today is the feast of the Archangels.  While we only know details about three of them (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael), sacred scripture tells us that there are 7 angels who who stand before the throne of God (Tobit 12:15). 
Pope Leo XIII composed the "St. Michael Prayer" after experiencing a terrible vision of a satanic attack on the Church over the subsequent century.  In the late 1800s he ordered that the prayer be said after every low Mass.  The tradition has died out, but praying every day to St. Michael is surely a good thing.  St. Michael is the angel who will be charged with the final battle against satan and his minions according to the book of Revelation.  He protects the Church and protects us from evil.  We need his help now more than ever.
Saint 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 host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits
who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

In English, or in the Latin version: 

Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in proelio.
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis,
Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.

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