Prayers to St. Michael

St. Michael, Michael of the morning,
Fresh chord of Heaven adorning,
Keep me safe today,
And in time of temptation,
Drive the devil away. 

Amen. 

Angel of God Prayer 

Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule and guide. 

Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael

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 evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.


The History of the Chaplet of St. Michael

The Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel is a chaplet resulting from a private revelation by the Archangel Michael to the Portuguese Carmelite nun Antónia d'Astónaco. It was approved by Pope Pius IX in 1851 and was granted indulgences.

Praying the chaplet is said to provide great benefits for those who pray it often, among which are the continuous assistance from Saint Michael the Archangel and the company of one angel of each of the nine celestial choirs when approaching Holy Communion.

In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.
Praying the chaplet is also believed gradually to defeat demons and grant a Pure Heart thus delivering from Purgatory. These blessings extend to the direct family.

How to Pray the Chaplet of St. Michael

The chaplet begins with an act of contrition. Then there are nine salutations, one for each choir of angels, each one followed by an Our Father and three Hail Mary's. These are followed by four Our Fathers, honoring Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and the Guardian Angel. The chaplet concludes with a prayer to Saint Michael. 


Steps to Pray the Chaplet of St. Michael

Opening Prayer to Our Lady

Oh, Immaculate Heart!
Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!

  • From famine and war, deliver us.
  • From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
  • From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.
  • From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.
  • From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.
  • From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
  • From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.
  • From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world your infinite power of merciful Love. May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope.

Taken from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English 24 May 1982

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 splendor with which God has adorned you so richly.
I thank God for the great graces he has bestowed upon you, especially to remain faithful when Lucifer and his followers rebelled, and to battle victoriously for the honor of God and the divinity of the Son of Man.
 

Saint Michael, I consecrate to you my soul and body.
I choose you as my patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to your care.
Be the guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps.
Assist me by your powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises, so that imitating your courage and loyalty to God, and 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.

Amen.

Then recite a sincere Act of Contrition 

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; 
But most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. 

Amen.

V. O God, come to my assistance
R. O Lord, make haste to help me. 

Glory be to the Father, etc.  


1. 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, 3 Hail Mary's 


2. 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 Mary 's 


3. 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 Mary's  


4. 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 Mary's 


5. 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 Mary's  


6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may the Lord preserve us from evil and suffer us not to fall into temptation. Amen.  

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 


7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. 

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's 


8. 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 Mary's 


9. 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 Mary's  


1 Our Father In honor of St. Michael. 
1 Our Father In honor of St. Gabriel. 
1 Our Father In honor of St. Raphael. 
1 Our Father In honor 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, thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us by thy gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.  


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

Almighty and Everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hast appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered from all our enemies that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen. 

Prayer to St. Michael 

O glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the fearful warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits.

Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord with the legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against thee, neither was their place found any more in heaven.

And that apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still creeps about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong into the abyss together with his followers. But behold, that first enemy of mankind, and a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence.

Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of the wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to plunder, to slay and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life.

This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity.

These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot;
They have laid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures.

Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the people of God against the inroads of the lost spirits and grant us the victory.

Amen.

(indulg. By Leo XIII, 25 Sep. 1888]

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