The wicked snares of the devil

4:12 PM

The Saint Michael Prayer used to be said after every Mass, by the whole church. In the Traditional Latin Mass, it still is.

Do we need "protection from wickedness" MORE or LESS now? After Mass, for that 15 minutes that Christ is never closer is a time for prayer! (<--link)

On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said:

'"May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: 'Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power' (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. 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 forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."'


Journey of Truth said...

About a year ago, I asked about this prayer being said at the end of Mass and many people said we don't do it any more. Well, they do it some places, as I have experienced. I say it after Mass now (have for the better part of a year and plan on continuing to do so). We sure could use the benefits!!

Fr. Willoughby had us recite it after his homily today. :-)

Jamie said...

I DO wish they would pray this in our diocese after Mass. It is so needed.

I love that comment you had in about Judas being the first to leave Mass early. A priest once gave a homily about that and it was at a time in my life where I was..let's say, lukewarm, and left Mass early, or right after Communion...not ever since that homily. Of course I KNOW the reason and want to be there, that was a long, long time ago!! :)

Nadja Magdalena said...

We have for years recited it as part of our bedtime repertoire. It is somehow a comfort to ask his aid at night, when we go to our three separate rooms for the night.

Moni said...

For yeasr I didn't know it wasn't recited after every mass. When I first joined the Church the NO parish priest said Leonine prayers same as they do at Latin Mass.
I think it's a good thing to increase the practice!

+JMJ+ said...

It's such a powerful prayer, it feels good just saying it!

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