Saint Michael the Archangel

Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels. Archangels have unique roles as God’s messengers to people at critical times. Among all the angels, they have the most special and protective love for all people and for the earth.

St. Michael the Archangel has a special heavenly role in doing battle against the devil, protecting the Church, protecting Christians against assault from the devil.

The prayer to St. Michael originated with Pope Leo XIII in 1886. Legend has it that the Pope, following Holy Mass, received a vision in which he saw the great damage Satan would do to the Church and the world in the 20th century.

Subsequently, the Pope composed this prayer in response and added it to the Leonine prayers, to be recited after Low Mass (which were originally intended for the intentions of the defense of the temporal sovereignty of the Holy See). Although no longer required to be said after Low Mass, the prayer is still encouraged.

The Church recognizes Michael the Archangel as one of the greatest of the archangels. He is the guardian of the Church, as well as the patron saint of police officers, mariners, and paratroopers (see On Spiritual Combat).

The feast honoring Michael the Archangel is September 29th.

Prayer to Saint Michael

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 host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.


A Holy Communion Prayer
Anima Christi