St. Michael Prayer
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, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Glory to God in the Highest!
Glory to God in the Highest!
Monday, November 11, 2013
St. Michael the Archangel! Warrior Angel!
Chief Opponent of satan and his minions
Angel of Death
Guardian of the Church
The book of Revelation (12: 7-9) states:
"And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to earth, and his angels with him."
St. Michael, the warrior angel of our Church, is the main opponent of satan. Throughout history, he has fought the battle against evil in our world. St. Michael who, through the power of God, hurled the fallen angels to earth, battles daily in our faithless world. St. Michael symbolizes the victory of good over evil. In the end, through the power of God, good will overcome evil, and St. Michael will lead the charge.
Today, this mighty warrior angel is invoked in exorcisms where he continues to battle satan for the soul of the possessed. Michael is also assumed present at the each death. He is the patron of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Tradition teaches us that he accompanies and assists the souls to their judgments before the Throne of God. For those souls who enter Purgatory, when their time of purgation is complete, Michael accompanies them to the Throne of God, where he presents them to God as they enter heaven.
Michael is often portrayed with scales. Tradition teaches us that he will weigh the merits of the souls of the dead. At the final judgment, as portrayed by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, angels hold up two books. One is smaller than the other. In the smaller book, St. Michael records the names of those who will enter heaven. The larger book holds the names of those who will be damned for all eternity to hell. (Yes, hell is real and horrible.) Which book would you like to see your name written in by Micha’el?
Catholic Tradition also tells us that St. Michael is also the Guardian of the Church and of the Blessed Sacrament. Remember this the next time you are at adoration. Remember that Michael is there adoring and protecting his King. Tradition also teaches us that this mighty warrior angel guards our Pope, now, our beloved Pope Francis. Praise God for this gift!
St. Michael will also come to the aid of the faithful when called upon.
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, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Micha’el, our great warrior and prince of angels battles satan and will defeat the Antichrist in the final battle of good and evil. Mighty Micha’el, who is like God, but is not God, will hurl all evil powers into hell when the Virgin crushes the head of satan.