The one thing Christians have on their side in the quickly-fomenting atmosphere of hate, terror, bigotry, and worse is prayer. Can you imagine what a massive multitude of like-minded Catholics/Christians/Jews could do with fervent, daily prayer for our president, our country, and the world? Anyone up for a 365-day Novena beginning July 13, 2019?
“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, and the people do not become religious, I do not know what is to become of us as a nation. and the thought is one to cause solemn reflection on the part of every patriot and Christian. If truth be not diffused, error will be; if the evangelical volume (scripture) does not reach every hamlet, the pages of corrupt and licentious literature will; if the power of the gospel is not felt through the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end.
Daniel Webster 1782-1852
We have a crisis in the Church and several bishops have had the thought about restoring the praying of the St. Michael’s prayer after all Masses . . . to protect the faithful against evil.
Naturally, I love the idea but why was the practice ever stopped. I’ve heard/read about parishes over the years who tried to reinstate the St. Michael’s prayer and it just didn’t fly with the pastors. You have to wonder why. It takes all of two minutes to pray and is a bit of insurance to take with you after Mass having asked for St. Michael’s protection against Satan.
Just looking at the social evolution of the world since the 1960’s, probably around the time St. Michael was put on the shelf, we have had a multitude of new sins join the ranks of temptation, mass murder of the unborn, laxness in catechesis, immodesty, bad language and more. Would there have been less of this if St. Michael was still a major part of our day? Would we be losing our young people to liberal ideologies?
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel deals directly with the ongoing battle between good and evil. Pope Leo XIII wrote and presented in the 19th century. I would hope that many of us still privately know and offer this prayer. How wonderful, however, if EVERY one of the Catholic clergy reinstated the recitation of this prayer for St. Michael’s intercession. From my readings, the current world is in pretty bad shape but not even approaching the End Times yet meaning things are not as bad as they will be the closer we get to that era. Why not get more power into our ‘game’ and get St. Michael more firmly into our prayers and intercessions before it is too late.
Here’s the Prayer to St. Michael:
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense 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, thrust into Hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Exorcisms are on the rise and exorcists are not as plentiful as we may need. When you see there is a battleground assembling, shouldn’t we do something? Christians/Catholics are the most persecuted in the world which tells you which way the battle is going right now.
Original Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.
“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.
“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.
“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”
Roman Raccolta, July 23, 1898, supplement approved July 31, 1902,
London: Burnes, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1935, 12th edition.
Let’s face it, the world isn’t getting better any time soon and if you have to wonder why, perhaps, you have forgotten to employ your God-given gift of prayer. Just a look around is evidence enough that prayer isn’t always foremost in many minds. The disrespect of each other, the law breakers, the selfie world of me, me, me, the attack on family and life, Christian persecution in our own country, the government intervention to the demise of personal liberty . . . We truly have an abundance of evidence pointing to a lack of God and prayer in our lives yet many are complacent and think they can’t make a difference. BUT, have you tried? Do you wonder from where your blessing in life have come? I often hear people complain about elected officials and even their pastors and bishops but they never consider that perhaps we get what we pray for . . . or neglect to add as an intercession to our prayers.
I just ran across two prayers to help stop the influx of terrorism. For those that believe, can you even begin to imagine the strength and power of millions praying for peace daily? Try it. Everything starts with one person beginning.
You can help stop terrorism from happening again.
HOW? By praying two simple prayers for the rest of your life. First, our loving God has given every person a guardian angel to help protect them and guide them. Ask your angel to go before the Throne of Almighty God and petition Him to send legions of Holy Angels to terrorists around the world and drive Satan and his fallen angels away from them.
SECOND, pray to God for the softening of hearts and conversion of souls of terrorists throughout the world. Pray for justice. If millions of people pray these two simple prayers daily, our world will change for the better.
Prayer One: My Guardian Angel, I send you to the throne of Almighty God. Please petition Him to send legions of Angels to terrorists throughout the world to drive Satan and his fallen angels out of their lives forever. Thank you my Holy Protector. Amen
Prayer Two: All loving God,I pray for the terrorists throughout the world. May they have a softening of their hearts and conversion of their soul to You. I pray for justice in myself and in all mankind. Thank you dear God. Amen
And, personally, I’d add a daily prayer to St. Michael to the program.
“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, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”
On October 13, 1884, which was thirty-three years before the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Pope Leo XIII experienced an amazing and profound vision. The aging Pope had just finished celebrating Mass in his private chapel in the Vatican. As he reached the foot of the altar, he suddenly came to a complete standstill and just stood there for about ten minutes. His face was ashen. A few minutes later, he went from the chapel directly to his office, composed the Prayer to St. Michael, and instructed the faithful to pray this after all Low Masses everywhere. This was when all the Masses were celebrated in Latin. A High Mass was complete with choir and sung responses. A Low Mass was a quiet Mass celebrated for daily Mass.
Upon questioning, the Pope said that as he was about to leave the altar, he distinctly heard two voices. One of the voices was kind and gentle. The second voice was harsh and foreboding. As he stood at the foot of the altar and listened, he heard the guttural voice brag, “I can destroy your Church.”
The voice of Our Lord replied, “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”
The voice of Satan continued, “To do so, I need more time and more power.” “How much time? How much power? asked Our Lord. The reply was, “Seventy-five to one hundred years and greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”
Our Lord quietly replied, “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”
In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed that this prayer to Saint Michael be recited at the end of all Low Masses throughout the universal Church a well as the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen). The practice of the people praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970, with the introduction of the new rite of the Mass.
On April 24, 1994, Pope John Paul II encouraged Catholics to take up the regular recitation of this prayer again. Given the current state of the world today, it is a wonder that every priest and bishop is not repeatedly echoing this request and reciting this prayer at the end of every Mass celebrated in the world.