Roman Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.
Italic Text is taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.
The Apparition of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Feast Day 8 May.
Saint Michael the Archangel.
Artist: Guido Reni (1575–1642).
Date: Circa 1636.
Current location: Church of Santa Maria della Concezione,
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by
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Saint Michael The Archangel Prayer.
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The Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael, the Chief of The Celestial Hosts, shows forth, in this Paschaltide, all the grandeur of The Saviour's Triumph.
Saint Michael, himself, comes to defend us in battle (Alleluia). He came down from Heaven (Ibid) and appeared in Italy, towards 525 A,D,, under the Pontificate of Pope Gelasius I, in Apulia, on the summit of Monte Gargano, near the Adriatic and the ancient Sipontum.
He requested that a Sanctuary should be erected to him, where God should be Worshipped, in Memory of himself and all The Angels, and this place became celebrated on account of numerous Miracles.
Mass: Benedícite Dóminum.
English: Archangel Michael
saving Souls from Purgatory.
By Jacopo Vignali.
Italiano: Jacopo vignali.
San michele arcangelo libera le anime del purgatorio.
Source: Giovanni Piccirillo (a cura di).
La chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano,
Becocci Editore, Firenze 2006.
A specific "Prayer to Saint Michael" was promoted by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, and, as recently as 1994, was reinforced by Pope John Paul II, who encouraged the Catholic Faithful to continue to Pray it, saying: "I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness."
Saint Michael has specific roles, within Roman Catholic teachings, that range from acting as the chief opponent of Satan to saving Souls at the hour of death. Roman Catholic literature and Traditions continue to point to Saint Michael in contexts as varied as the protection of The Catholic Church, to The Consecration of Russia, by Pope Pius XII and Pope Saint John Paul II.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
added by Pope Leo XIII, in 1886, to The Leonine Prayers,
at The Foot of The Altar, after Low Mass.
Pope Leo XIII,
Source: 1880 book on Pope Leo XIII.
Author: Karl Benzinger.
Holy Michael 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,
Prince of the Heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust down to Hell,
Satan and all wicked spirits,
who wander through the world
for the ruin of Souls.
English: St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery,
Čeština: Chrám svatého Michala v Kyjevě.
Source: Own work.
Pope Leo XIII added it, in 1886, to The Leonine Prayers, which he had directed to be said after Low Mass, two years earlier. Pope Saint John Paul II referred to The Saint Michael Prayer in his Regina Coeli Address of 24 April 1994, as follows:
"May Prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: 'Be strong in The Lord and in the strength of His Might' (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of Saint Michael The Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7).
Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the 19th-Century, he brought in, throughout The Church, a special Prayer to Saint Michael: 'Saint Michael The Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil . . .' Although this Prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, 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."