Prayer to St. Michael Archangel

Our parish church is dedicated to st. Michael Archangel and thus this angel is extremely loved. His image spreads across the church’s ceiling.  During prayers in the church, my eyes often escape to the said beautiful image of our Patron Saint. Prayer to st. Michael Archangel is prayed after every mass.

prayer to st. michael archangel

Who is St. Michael Archangel?

St. Michael Archangel

St. Michael Archangel is, besides St. Rafael and St. Gabriel, an angel with the highest mission in the Church. His name derives from Hebrew and means Who is like God. He is the patron and saint of dying people, grocers, soldiers, fencing, banking, and artists. He has many Catholic churches around the world dedicated to him.

The Church has always been expressing respect towards him, as it accepts him as a powerful ally in the eternal battle with Satan and the forces of evil. In the Old Testament, he was considered to be the guardian of the chosen people. In the New Testament, he is considered to be the guardian and protector of the Church.

You can read more about purpose, role, and mission of the angels in the Bible here.

The mission of St. Michael Archangel

The Christian tradition recognizes four tasks for him:

  • the battle against Satan,
  • saving souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death,
  • he is the champion of the God’s people,
  • he calls and leads human souls to the judgment.

St. Michael Archangel in the Holy Bible

In the Old Testament St. Michael is mentioned in the book of Daniel (Daniel 10:13,21, Daniel 12:1). The prophet Daniel marks him as »the great prince«

In the New Testament, we can see him during a battle with the devil over Moses’s corpse (Jud1:9).

In the Book of Revelation, we can meet Michael as the leader of the angels, who, in the battle with Satan and his angels, achieve a glorious victory (Revelation 12:7-10).

Portrayal of St. Michael Archangel

st. Michael archangelThe artistic portrayal of St. Michael Archangel is a warrior with a sword in his hand. He is usually represented as a leader of the God’s army, a leader of the heavenly host.

You too can invite  St. Michael to your family and home. Prayer to St. Michael Archangel and a statue, picture, medal or other artistic work showing the image of  St. Michael Archangel will awaken a sense of safety and security and the help from the »heavenly host.«

Prayer to  St. Michael Archangel

Prayer to st. Michael Archangel

Prayer to St. Michael Archangel was published by the Pope Leon XIII in 1886. It was prayed after every work’s day mass. It was a response to a vision that the pope had during a prayer, where he saw a devil, that furiously attacked a Church of Christ. He wanted the Church to battle the devil with the help of a spiritual weapon.

After the 2nd Vatican Council, the prayer isn’t regularly used anymore, as it became so widespread, that the believers prayed it alone and didn’t need spiritual guidance anymore. Even so, the prayer stayed in use at some places and thus the prayer to St. Michael Archangel can still be heard at the end of mass.

If you have any experience with prayers and requests answered through the Prayer to St. Michael Archangel you are welcome to share it with us.

4 Replies to “Prayer to St. Michael Archangel”

  1. I am a former Catholic and am familiar with the Saint Michael prayer, my parents said it after every rosary. I haven’t used the prayer in the while it may be a good idea to do so, thanks for the reminder.

    I do believe that the angels are guarding us from evil and also from other dangers. I have had some close calls in my life but owe my safety to the protection of the angels and who knows perhaps Saint Micheal played a role in saving me from some of those dangers.

    As I said I’m not a practicing Catholic, still I have been impressed by the many Catholic images, teachings, and it’s saints. Thanks again for the reminder of this important archangel!

    1. Thank you Jose for visiting the website and post about archangel Michael. St. Michael is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. So we can believe that he is a guardian angel and protector of all people.

  2. I’ve known about St. Michael as an arc angel but never in this detail. I think Im able to understand on a greater level how he has been protecting me and overall the Church. I’m not Catholic and just simply identify myself as a Kingdom Representative and part of the royal family of God. I believe in Angles and their purpose to mankind. I appreciate this in-depth review of one of the most powerful beings in our lives as believers.

    1. I agree with you, Jamie. We are all sons and daughters of God. Angels are also create by God himself. Their mission is to guard and protect the people. According to the teaching of many religious Saint Michael is one of the highest of the heavenly angels.

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