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St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael conquering Satan

St. Michael is one of the Archangels of Heaven.  The seven archangels are Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel (or Anael), Simiel, Oriphiel and Raguel.  St. Michael is known for winning in the battle against Satan and defends those who love Jesus and try to do right.  He defends us from Satan’s evils, sometimes in the most unexpected times and places.  He is a Holy Warrior of God.  If you ever feel like the Evil One is trying to pull you his way or harm your soul, pray to St. Michael and he will protect you.

 

St. Michael does the following:

  • Fights against Satan
  • Is the champion warrior of God’s people
  • Rescues the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death
  • Calls souls from earth and bring them to judgment

The following depiction of the Vision of Pope XIII on October 13, 1884, (October 13th is the date of the future miracle of Fatima), describes a conversation between Jesus and Satan.  Satan wants to destroy Jesus’ Church but remember that Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it (the Catholic Church)”.

Video credits: Cynthia X and YouTube.  Thank you.

Prayer to St. Michael written by Pope Leo XIII

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection 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 throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

There is also a Chaplet of St. Michael if you are interested in starting a devotion to him.  It is ok to pray to St. Michael and not idolatry to do so.  You are asking him to intercede for you like you would ask for your family members to pray for you.

Video Credit: Michael Bowes from YouTube.  Thank you.

Credit: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10275b.htm

Thank you to Catholic Encyclopedia

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What is a chaplet?

A chaplet is a devotional prayer that is said while the person keeps track of the progress of the prayer on beads.  The most commonly known is the rosary but others are said to Jesus or saints.  The Divine Mercy Chaplet is becoming more commonly known and said to Jesus.  Some are a loop of beads, while others are a string of beads.  They vary widely.  This practice goes back many centuries when monks would use knots in cords to say the psalms.

The rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus and The Blessed Virgin Mary continually points us to her Son throughout the meditation.  But you might say, well yea but then explain why do we say so many Hail Mary’s in it?  Because we are asking for the Virgin Mary’s direction and intercession.  She’s helping us along the path to find who the true Jesus is.  She shows us how beautifully He came to us, His life, His suffering (Passion), and His Resurrection.  It is never about the Virgin Mary, it is always about learning about and loving Jesus.  Click to find the Fifteen Promises of the Rosary from Our Lady.

There is a chaplet for:

  • St. Michael
  • Divine Mercy
  • The Blessed Sacrament
  • St. Patrick
  • The Infant Jesus of Prague
  • St. Teresa the Little Flower
  • The Holy Spirit
  • and so many more.

You can find these chaplets at a local Catholic religious store or online.  You could find a saint that you identify with or want to form a relationship with and then find their chaplet and keep that devotion.  This by no means takes you from Jesus though.  They are our family in Heaven and they all point to and teach us about Jesus.  This helps us to have a deeper appreciation and love for Jesus.