St Michael, Archangel – Defender of the Church

St Michael, Archangel – Defender of the Church

Editor writes…

Pope Leo XIII wrote the powerful prayer to St Michael Archangel below and ordered that it be recited after every low Mass – click here for more on what happened to inspire the Pope to make this order, and then share your thoughts on which of the versions you are more inclined to believe.

Prayer to St Michael, Archangel

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle.
Be our safeguard 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 down into Hell, Satan, and all wicked spirits
Who wander through the world, for the ruin of souls.
Amen.

Wishing all our readers and bloggers, a very happy Feast of St Michael, Archangel – especially our bloggers Michael and Michaela!

Comments (15)

  • westminsterfly

    Happy Feast Day – we need St Michael more than ever now: Pray his Chaplet: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/chaplet-of-st-michael-the-archangel-386

    September 29, 2022 at 8:31 am
    • Margaret Mary

      WF,

      Thank you for that link – I’d never heard of the St Michael Chaplet, so I will study it now and try to use it in devotional time.

      September 29, 2022 at 3:23 pm
  • Josephine

    WF

    We so do need St Michael more than ever now.

    That’s the first I’ve ever heard of his Chaplet. I remember learning about the different choirs of angels at school – I bet they don’t teach that anymore, not “relevant” to everyday life, I’d bet. Yet, for young people, it’s really interesting.

    Happy Feast!

    September 29, 2022 at 9:08 am
  • editor

    Happy Feast to one and all!

    Like Josephine, I remember being taught about angels/choirs, but I can’t recall anything except the Seraphim and Cherubim.

    Thanks to WF for posting the Chaplet.

    September 29, 2022 at 10:34 am
    • Lily

      I also remember learning about the Seraphim and Cherubim, but I don’t remember what I was taught about them, LOL! I think we were taught about them because they are mentioned in a hymn, but I can’t even remember the hymn, it maybe was a Christmas carol.

      September 29, 2022 at 3:15 pm
  • Lily

    I’ve just watched the Taylor Marshall video linked in the intro, and I definitely believe in the older versions, not the dialogue one. When you hear about the supposed conversation and then hear about the vision, the vision is much more believable. It is quite terrifying to realise that Pope Leo XIII had that vision of what we are actually living through! No wonder the modernists wanted the St Michael’s Prayer done away with after the Council. I would be highly suspicious of the priests who didn’t want to keep that prayer. It shows just how little they grasped about the evil going on around them.

    Happy Feast Day everyone!

    September 29, 2022 at 3:13 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Lily,

      I agree – the dialogue version doesn’t sit right with me. The earliest, from Monsignor Angeli who knew the Pope well, his version is believable.

      September 29, 2022 at 3:22 pm
  • Michaela

    Thank you for mentioning me in the introduction! I wish everyone here a wonderfully happy Feast of St Michael, Archangel, a very powerful angel, indeed!

    Happy Feast everyone!

    September 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm
    • editor

      Michaela,

      My pleasure! I hope Michael gets here before midnight, too, when the thread closes. I hate to see a grown man in tears πŸ˜€

      September 29, 2022 at 7:16 pm
  • Michaela

    I should have said that I agree with those who believe the older versions of the story about Pope Leo XIII’s private revelation. Having a vision when he seemed to be “out of it” makes much more sense than a conversation with God and the devil, which he overheard. No way. The vision version told my Monsignor Angeli is more believable by a mile.

    It’s astonishing to learn that Leo actually wrote that prayer to St Michael – that I didn’t know until I found out on this blog. That’s incredibly important and shows the impact of the vision on him must have been very powerful.

    September 29, 2022 at 5:04 pm
  • editor

    I’m with all those who prefer the older version of the account of how Pope Leo XIII came to write the St Michael Prayer and order it to be said after Low Mass.

    I’ve said many times on this blog that I just could not imagine God telling Satan he had the green light to go ahead and destroy the Church. That alleged conversation just did not ring true, at all. I felt like a heretic, half the time, but I stuck to my guns, those of you who can remember will testify… So, it was great to hear Taylor Marshall saying I was right after all. Well, he didn’t actually SAY that, but… I would never be that proud to quote him anyway, you must know that…

    And did I say “see, I was right after all?” Did I? Did I gloat? Nope.

    But I was πŸ˜€ right all along, after all… πŸ˜€

    September 29, 2022 at 7:22 pm
  • Michael πŸ™

    Dear friends

    A happy feast day to all of you.

    Just as Our Lady Gods creation in this material existence defeated the Devil by virtue of her incarnation.

    So to St Michael defeated him in the spiritual realm by casting him out from Heaven.

    The Devil hates them both with a vengeance and in a more pernicious manner those Catholics who love and venerate them also.

    All Catholics should in my humble view not merely Venerate Our Lady but St Michael and St Joseph the terror of the demons.

    We are truly blessed by God with having our wonderful Saints and Catholic Faith.

    Ave Maria!

    Every blessing

    Michael πŸ™

    September 29, 2022 at 7:42 pm
    • editor

      Michael,

      I was just saying to Michaela that I hoped you’d be here before midnight – both of you get a special mention in my intro. You must be totally thrilled, don’t lie πŸ˜€

      September 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm
      • Michael πŸ™

        Dear Editor
        I wish Gods blessing on everyone today especially to you and Michaela.

        I am deeply touched by your remarks that words are inadequate.

        Every blessing

        Michael πŸ™

        September 29, 2022 at 8:43 pm
      • editor

        Michael,

        You are very kind.

        I hope you realise that I am joking about you being thrilled at getting a mention in my introduction to the thread. It’s not quite the same as a mention in Tatler – we’re not exactly high society here πŸ˜€ Anyway, again, thank you for your kind comments.

        And thanks to everyone who contributed to this Feast Day thread. We close with the St Michael’s prayer, to once again invoke the protection of the warrior Prince of the Heavenly host, and I’ll then close the thread to comments. Thank you, one and all.

        Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle.
        Be our safeguard 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 down into Hell, Satan, and all wicked spirits
        Who wander through the world, for the ruin of souls. Amen.

        September 29, 2022 at 11:42 pm

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