By Allan Gillis
I have over the years developed a prayer regimen. I am no “prayer-warrior” – that’s for sure! But, I do notice (or have noticed) a direct correlation between success at my rigore and spiritual success/peace of heart. One thing I would like to commend to you dear reader; is the power of the St. Michael Prayer.
I’ve found the prayer to be succinct and very directed… against Satan and his minions who go about the earth torturing and tempting me to look away from God and fix my gaze on the world, material things and sin and death. Protecting me as a child of God is the task of St. Michael (as well as my Guardian Angel). Be aware of the angels! Pray this prayer daily if you can work it in! It has been quite effectual for me!
Pope Leo XIII gave us this prayer. This is the version still said after low masses (extraordinary form) and in some Novus Ordo parishes after daily mass as well as for private devotions such as after the rosary.
Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice 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 evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.