St. Michael, the ArchAngel

Prayer to St. Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel,
Defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the
wiles and wickedness of the devil.
Restrain him, O God, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Price of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God, cast into Hell
Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the work seeking
the ruin and destructIon of souls.


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	The first fact we learn concerning this great Prince of Heaven is that in
	the mighty combat which took place in Heaven, when the bad angels fell
	away from their allegiance to God, St. Michael sounded his war cry:
	Quis ut Deus?

WHO IS LIKE GOD? Joined by the good Angels, St. Michael drove Satan and his legions from heaven and plunged them into the depths of Hell. Next, we hear his praises from no less an authority than St. Gabriel the Archangel, who speaking to the prophet Daniel, says: "Michael, one of the chief princes" (Daniel, 10:13), "Michael, your prince" (10:21) and Michael.... the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people.(12:1) St. Thomas says of him: "Michael is the breath of the Redeemer's spirit, who at the End of the World will combat and destroy Antichrist, as he did Lucifer in the beginning." St. Michael was the protector and defender of God's chosen people. Now he is the defender of the Church and of all the Faithful, whom he defends against the constant assaults of the devil. He is invoked in sickness and most especially at the hour of death, when his all-powerful help is so much needed, for then it is that Satan makes his last and fiercest attack on the Christian soul, seeking with craft and cunning, with fears and despair, to drag it down to Hell. In the prayers traditionally said by the priest and peple after Mass, there is a special and beautiful prayer to St. Michael, imploring his help for the Church. It runs as noted above. We should make it a sacred duty to join fervently in this important prayer, repeating it often each day. In our morning and evening prayers, too, we invoke St. Michael when saying the Confiteor. This we should try to do with more devotion and confidence. Many do not even think of what they are saying when they recite these prayers! We all must die, and we all must be prepared for the fierce attacks of the devil at that dreadful hour. Hence, every Christian should make sure of having St. Michael's help at the hour of death. This we can do by being devoted to the great Archangel during our lives.

How to Honor St. Michael

1. By frequently repeating this short prayer:
O Glorius St. Michael, Prince of the Heavenly Court,
pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

2. By invoking his aid in time of sickness.

3. By praying fervently to St. Michael if we find it hard to
conquer a temptation or to correct some fault.  He will
assuredly help us to overcome the most violent, the most
inveterate temptations.

4. By having a little picture of  St. Michael in our prayer
books saying each time we see it: O Glorius St. Michael,
I love you! O Glorious St Michael, help me!

5. By praying to St. Michael to defend the world against the
devil and save us from the awful evils that threaten us. Let
us occasionally offer our Mass, Communion and Rosary
in honor of St. Michael.

   To increase your devotion to St. Michael  The Archangel, 
   read "St. Michael and the Angels." 134-page book;
   "All about the Angels" by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, 
   O.P., a 148-page book; and "The Angels" by Fr. 
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