Saint 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 you,
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.
Brief History of the Prayer to Saint Michael
Pope Leo XIII had a special connection to St. Michael the Archangel. It was because of him that this and many other prayers were recited together among many parishoners after Mass. To this day many people continue to pray to St. Michael at the conclusion of Mass or the conclusion of the Rosary.
Foundation in Scripture
The Prayer to Saint Michael has its origins in Scripture. The focus in on spiritual battle and can be found in the following verses:
- Ephesians 6:10
- Revelation 12:7
The Original Latin of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer
Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in proelio;
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis,
satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute in infernum detrude.
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