Archangel St Michael Prayer – for God’s Protection and Strength

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St Michael prayer – for God’s Protection and Strength. What is St Michael the archangel prayer for protection?

St Michael the Archangel is one of the greatest of the archangels. He is considered a healing angel, a protector, and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. The feast day of the St Archangel Michael is 29 September.

Archangel Michael Prayer for Protection

“St. 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 thou,
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. Amen.”

St Michael the Archangel Prayer Latin

There is a short, ancient prayer of Saint Michael that all exorcists know and use.

“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.”

Archangel Michael in the Bible

Michael’s name appears five times in the Bible.

  • St Michael is mentioned in the 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 Archangel (Jude 1:9).
  • Also, the Archangel Michael is mentioned in Daniel 10:21 and Daniel 10:13.

Angels are spiritual beings, and the Bible describes their function as “messengers”; they also praise and worship 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 extraordinary love for all people and protect us and the earth.

Why should we pray St Michael prayer?

There is a real spiritual battle going on in the contemporary world. Christian teaching says that God made angels; some fell away in rebellion and are Satan’s servants. The fight for human souls continues in our days.


We strengthen God’s army forces against evil by praying St Michael prayer. In 1994 Pope John Paul II recommended praying for 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.”

History of St Michael prayer

Pope Leo XIII wrote the extended version of this prayer at the end of the XIX century. This version is still used in our days for exorcism. History says Pope Leo XIII had a prophetic vision of the coming century of war and sorrow. In this vision, God allowed Satan to do his worst work against the Church in one century. The devil chose the XX century.

Consequently, this vision so impressed Pope Leo XII that he wrote a 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 the Catholic world. This tradition was alive till the 1960s.

The Archangel Michael is the Patron Saint

St Michael is also:

  • The guardian of the Church.
  • The patron saint of police officers.
  • Grocers.
  • Mariners.
  • Paramedics.
  • Firefighters.
  • Military.

St Michael prayer helps to fight evil forces in the world; also, we can pray this prayer asking for personal protection from evil. Therefore, join God’s army and stay on the side of light forces by constantly praying St Michael prayer.