St Michael prayer – for God’s Protection and Strength. What is the Archangel Michael prayer for protection? St Michael the Archangel is one of the greatest of the archangels. He is considered to be a healing angel, a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.
Archangel Michael in the Bible
St Michael is mentioned in Book of Daniel, when Prophet Daniel had a vision after the period of fasting. Daniel 12:13-31 says that he saw an angel who identifies Michael as the protector of Israel and Daniel gets a message that Michael will arise during the “time of the end” (Daniel 12:1). In the New Testament, Michael is mentioned in The Book of Revelation as defeating Satan and throwing him to earth with other fallen angels (Revelation 12:7-9). In Epistle of Jude St Michael is named as Archangel (Jude 1:9).
Angels are spiritual beings and Bible describes the function of them as “messengers”, also they praising and worshiping God, protecting and directing people.
As Matthew 18:10 says, “do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven”.
There are different categories of angels, with appropriate missions and activities assigned to them. Archangels are God’s messengers to people at critical times in history. They have the most special love for all people, they protect us and all the earth.
Archangel Michael prayer for protection
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 Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Why should we pray St Michael prayer?
There is a real spiritual battle going on all around us in the recent world. Christian teaching says that God made angels and some of those angels fell away in rebellion and they are Satan servants. Fight for human souls still continues in our days.
By praying St Michael prayer, we strengthen the God’s army forces against the evil. In 1994 Pope John Paul II recommended to pray St Michael prayer: “I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world”.
There is a short version of St Michael prayer that many Catholics know and pray.
St Michael the Archangel prayer Latin
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. Amen.
History about origin of St Michael prayer
The long version of this prayer was written by Pope Leo XIII in the end of XIX century. This version is still used in our days for exorcism. History says that Pope Leo XIII had a prophetic vision of the coming century of war and sorrow. In this vision, God gave Satan the possibility to do his worst work against the Church in one century. The devil chose the XX century.
Consequently, this vision so impressed the Pope Leo XII that he written the prayer to St Michael the Archangel. In the 1886 year, the Pope ordered this prayer to pray daily after Low Mass in all the churches in all the Catholic world. This tradition was alive till the 1960s when liturgical changes were made by Vatican Council II.
St Michael is also:
- The guardian of the Church.
- The patron saint of police officers.
St Michael prayer helps to fight evil forces in the world, also we can pray this prayer asking for personal protection from the evil. Join the God’s army and stay on the side of light forces by constantly praying St Michael prayer.
Also read: ST JUDE PRAYER – for Hopeless Situations