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Two Popes Consecrated Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel

September 29th, 2018, Promulgated by Hopefull

On July 5, 2013, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI together consecrated the Vatican to the protection of St. Michael the Archangel. From Patheos of the same date we read:

 

Today, September 29, 2018, is the Feast of the Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and a Perfect Day to begin saying the St. Michael prayer daily. A number of dioceses in the U.S. have re-instituted the former practice of praying the St. Michael prayer after Mass, especially in light of the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.  It appears that even more dioceses will do so very soon, but there is no reason to wait. For the importance of St. Michael, read Revelation (Apocalypse) Chapter 12: 1-17.

For several years, small pockets of daily Mass laity have held onto the practice of praying the St. Michael prayer together after Mass, even if necessary to whisper. But now this most worthy practice is coming out in the open, as more and more priests and laity realize the importance of St. Michael’s protection. Pastors can add the practice in their parishes, and need not wait for a whole diocese to do so together. What is most important is “start praying.” There are several versions, mostly synonyms in vocabulary (e.g. “roam” or “wander” for “prowl”) but the essential prayer is the same.

 

St. 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, cast into Hell, Satan and all other evil spirits who
prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

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2 Responses to “Two Popes Consecrated Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel”

  1. avatar christian says:

    Amen!

  2. avatar Ginger says:

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in of battle
    Be our protection against the malice and snares
    of the devil. We humbly beseech the O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
    through the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all other evil spirits who
    roam through the world, seeking the ruin of souls.
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. (strike breast 3x)
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
    Amen

    This is the version I memorized in the late 1960s even though the trend at that time was to let that prayer go by the wayside.


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