Today is the beautiful Feast of the Archangels.
Every day, my husband and I recite this beautiful prayer of protection to St. Michael.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and
snares of the devil
May God rebuke him we humbly pray
And do Thou oh Prince of the heavenly hosts
by the divine power
cast into hell Satan
And all the evil spirits
who prowl around the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
This prayer was recited after every Mass until 1964.
On April 24, 1994, St. John Paul II said, of the St. Michael prayer, “May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: ‘Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the last century, he brought in, throughout the Church, a special prayer to St Michael: ‘Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil…’ Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirits of this world.”
With all the evil in the world, I urge you to get into the habit of reciting this prayer every day.
We also say the St. Michael Chaplet every day. It’s a beautiful devotion that calls on the protection of St. Michael and the nine choirs of angels. The Chaplet was revealed by the Archangel himself during an apparition in 1751. He promised special graces and favors to all who recite the Chaplet: “particularly in such times as the Catholic Church should experience some special trial…” If there was ever a time that the Church was experiencing a special trial, now would be that time.
For more information on St. Michael and the Chaplet of St. Michael, I highly recommend Carol Puschaver’s book, Though War Be Waged Upon Me.