29 September 2014

St. Michael and All Angels


For some of us today is the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels and for some of us today is the Feast of the Three Holy Archangels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael.  Whatever we name the feast we praise and thank God for the ministry of care we receive from His holy Angels and Archangels, and we unite our voices with all the choirs of Angels and cry out and sing: SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS.

Magnificent statue of Holy Michael Archangel
in Moscow, Russia

The following is a translation of a prayer used by the priest exorcist in the rite of exorcism:

Victor Toropov:
St. Michael the Archangel ikon
Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Army, Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle against the princes and powers and rulers of darkness in this world, against the spiritual iniquities of those former angels. Come to the help of man whom God made in His own image and whom He bought from the tyranny of Satan at a great price. The Church venerates you as her custodian and patron. The Lord confided to your care all the souls of those redeemed, so that you would lead them to happiness in heaven. Pray to the God of peace that He crush Satan under our feet; so that Satan no longer be able to hold men captive and thus injure the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High God, so that His mercies be given us soon. Make captive that Animal, that Ancient serpent, which is enemy and Evil Spirit, and reduce it to everlasting nothingness, so that it no longer seduce the nations.