Prayer of Pope Leo XIII

Statue of St Michael

Holy Michael, The 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,
thrust down to hell, Satan
and all wicked spirits
who wander through
the world for
the ruin of souls.
Amen.


Litany to St Michael

Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.)
God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)

Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, (pray for us – repeat after each invocation)
St Michael, pray for us
St Michael, filled with the wisdom of God,
St Michael, perfect adorer of the Incarnate Word,
St Michael, crowned with honour and glory,
St Michael, most powerful Prince of the armies of the Lord,
St Michael, standard-bearer of the Most Holy Trinity,
St Michael, victor over Satan,
St Michael, guardian of Paradise,
St Michael, guide and comforter of the people of Israel,
St Michael, splendour and fortress of the Church Militant,
St Michael, honour and joy of the Church Triumphant,
St Michael, light of angels,
St Michael, bulwark of orthodox believers,
St Michael, strength of those who fight under the standard of the Cross,
St Michael, light and confidence of souls at the hour of death,
St Michael, our most sure aid,
St Michael, our help in all adversities,
St Michael, Herald of the Everlasting Sentence,
St Michael, Consoler of souls detained in the flames of Purgatory,
Thou whom the Lord has charged to receive souls after death,
St Michael, our Prince,
St Michael, our Advocate,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Christ hear us. (Christ, graciously hear us.)

Pray for us, O glorious St Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ. (That we may be made worthy of His promises.)

Sanctify us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with Thy holy blessing, and grant us, by the intercession of St. Michael, that wisdom which teaches us to lay up treasures in Heaven by exchanging the goods of this world for those of eternity, Thou Who lives' and reigns, world without end. Amen.

Act of Consecration

Saint Michael the Archangel, invincible prince of the angelic hosts and glorious protector of the universal Church, I greet you and praise you for that splendour with which God has adorned you so richly. I stand before you in the company of my Guardian Angel, Blessed Father Markiewicz and all the Blessed and Saints. I take them as witnesses of my dedication and devotion to you.

Saint Michael the Archangel, I consecrate to you my soul and body. I choose you as my patron and protector. Be my strength and the guardian in my life. Assist me by your powerful intercession so that I may imitate your courage and loyalty to God, that trusting in your kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in heaven forever and ever. Amen.

St Michael Chaplet

St Michael icon by Noreen Bavister

L. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
A. Amen

Say the following prayer on the medal:

O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim, may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.
(1 Our Father on the first large bead, 3 Hail Marys on the next three small beads)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness, to run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominions, may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers, may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the Devil. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may the Lord deliver us from evil and suffer us not to fall into temptation. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the Celestial Choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels, may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

By the intercession of St Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen.
(1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys)

Recite on the next four beads:
1 Our Father in honour of St Michael
1 Our Father in honour of St Gabriel
1 Our Father in honour of St Raphael
1 Our Father in honour of our Guardian Angel

O glorious prince, St Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King, and our admirable conductor, who shines with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from evil, who turn to you with confidence, and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Amen.

St Michael Novena

The feast of St Michael the Archangel is on 29th September.
May we prepare for that event with nine-day novena to the Prince of Heavenly Hosts. Do not hesitate: ask him for blessings for you and your family.

First day

Most glorious Archangel, St Michael, who full of faith, humility, gratitude and love, far from adhering to the suggestions of the rebellious Lucifer or of being intimidated by the sight of his numerous followers, rose at once against him, and animating the remainder of the heavenly court to defend the cause of God, gained a complete victory over him. Obtain for me, I beg of you, the grace to discover all the snares, and resist all the attacks of these angels of darkness, so that triumphing after your example over them, I may merit to shine one day on that seat of glory from which they were precipitated never to rise again.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Second day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who, appointed by God the guardian of all the Hebrew people as his instrument, consoled them in their afflictions, enlightened them in their doubts, provided for all their wants, even so far as to divide the seas, to rain down manna from the clouds, and to draw water from the rocks, I implore of you to enlighten, console, defend, and assist my soul in all its necessities, that overcoming all the obstacles which are met at every step in the perilous desert of this world, I may arrive safely in that kingdom of peace and delight, of which the land promised to Abraham was but a shadow.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Third day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who, constituted the head and defender of the Catholic Church, rendered her always triumphant over the blindness of the Gentiles by the preaching of the Apostles; the cruelty of tyrants, by the firmness of her martyrs; the malice of heretics, by the wisdom of her doctors; the evil customs of the world, by the purity of her virgins, the sanctity of her Pontificate and the penitence of her confessors; defend her continually from the assaults of her enemies, deliver her from the scandal of her unworthy sons, so that showing herself always peaceful and glorious, we shall continue to hold most firmly our belief in her dogmas, and persevere until death in the observance of her precepts.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Fourth day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who stands beside our altars to bear to the throne of the Eternal Majesty our prayers and our sacrifices, assist me, I implore of you, in all the exercises of Christian piety, that I may perform them with constancy, recollection, and faith, so that they may merit to be presented by your hands to the Most High, and to be accepted by him as incense of grateful sweetness.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Fifth day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, at whose feet the most sublime dignity of this earth bows down in humiliation, look with an eye of mercy on my miserable soul overruled by so many passions, stained by so many sins, and obtain for me grace to overcome the former and detest the latter, that having once risen to a new life I may never again fall into so unhappy a state.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Sixth day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who, being the terror of the devils, is destined by the Divine goodness to defend us from their assaults in the last combat, console me, I implore of you, in that dreadful moment with your sweet presence, help me with your invincible power to overcome all my enemies, that saved through your means from sin and hell, I may praise your power and mercy for all eternity.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Seventh day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who with more than paternal eagerness descends compassionately into the suffering Kingdom of Purgatory to free the souls of the elect, and transport them with you into eternal happiness, obtain for me that by leading a holy and fervent life I may merit to be exempt from those fearful pains; but if for unknown faults or not having made sufficient atonement in this life I shall be condemned to suffer there for some time, plead then my cause before our Lord, and inspire all my friends to offer suffrages for me, that as soon as possible I may fly to heaven to shine with that most holy light which was promised to Abraham and all his descendants.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Eighth day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who art destined to sound the trumpet announcing the General Judgment, and to precede the Son of Man with His Cross in the great valley, obtain that the Lord may anticipate it for me by a judgment of goodness and mercy in this life, chastising me beforehand for my sins, that my body may rise with the just to a blessed and glorious immortality, and my spirit be consoled at the sight of the Lord Jesus, who shall form the joy and consolation of all the elect.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.

Nineth day

Most glorious archangel, St Michael, who, constituted the governor of all mankind, are in a special manner the guardian of the Catholic Church and of her visible head, bring back into the bosom of this elect Spouse of Jesus Christ all the wandering sheep, non-believers, Jews, schismatics and sinners, that all, united in one common sheepfold, may together sing for all eternity the sovereign mercy. Preserve the Church in the way of sanctity, and defend from all enemies the infallible interpreter of her will, her vicar on earth, the Roman Pontiff, that always, obedient to the voice of that universal pastor, none may stray from the path of salvation, but all, increasing every day in justice, both subjects and superiors, peoples and leaders, may form on earth that society of peaceful and indissoluble concord which is the image, the prelude, and the pledge of that perfect and eternal society which all the blessed in heaven compose with Jesus Christ.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc.

Litany to St Michael.



Hymn to St Michael

(Tune “Daily, daily sing to Mary”)

There’s a shrine in Monte Sant’Angelo,
shining bright for all to see,
Glorious Icon of St Michael
there awaiting you and me.
In his face there’s peace and courage,
shield held high with eyes that plead,
“Stand with me, oh stand with me,
I’ll give you strength to follow me”.

Chorus
Great St Michael! Great St Michael
your dear Knight I wish to be.
Let me give oh great St Michael,
let me give my heart to thee.

In his arms you’ll find his power,
in his arms you’ll find his peace.
Our Lord’s guardian our St Michael,
his protection is our bliss.
For whoever asks assistance,
shall be heard without a miss.
Call on him my dear pilgrims,
call on him, oh! call on him.

Chorus

When this world is in a turmoil,
where can we forget our fear?
Turn our thoughts to great St Michael,
who awaits so very near.
Let us think of Monte Sant’Angelo,
listen to St Michael’s plea;
“Call on me my dearest pilgrims,
call on me, oh call on me”.

Chorus

We should think of being a knight
of great St Michael here today.
We have now been invited,
to join forces and to pray.
Our Almighty will be joyous,
if we fight for many souls.
Oh! St Michael be beside me,
give me strength to follow thee.

Chorus

Words by Noreen Bavister, UK
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