A Most Efficacious And Relevant Prayer For Our Times

Pope Leo XIII’sstmichael321 Long Version Of The Saint Michael Prayer.

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.

R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.

V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.

R. As we have hoped in Thee.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.


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11 comments to A Most Efficacious And Relevant Prayer For Our Times

  • Barbara Lloyd

    Can’t you give us a printer friendly version of your articles and prayers?

    Thank you,


    • Hello Barbara,

      I am sending you an email of this article. That is the best way at this time. If you sign up as an email subscriber, than you can have a printable copy. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      God bless,
      John Quinn

  • TG

    I pray the St. Michael twice a day and after Mass. I wish it would officially be brought back after Mass. Our parish prays it after the rosary which is said before the vigil Mass on Saturdays. I am grateful to God and Our Lady to be in a parish that prays the rosary.

  • brenda miller

    Thank you for making this available so that we can evangelize our neighbors. The enemy is real and it is so good to know we have our Father in Heaven and His Holy and Precious Army with St Michael and all our angels. Bless you….

  • In Houston, at the Holy Cross Chapel, the St. Michael prayer is prayed each week day after the 12.15 Mass. The Chapel is in the business district so that those who work there may attend Mass each day & only offers 2 daily Masses along w/ confession & spiritual direction during the week. The consecration to Our Lady is prayed after the earlier, 11.35 Mass. I too pray the St. Michael prayer will be returned to it’s proper place at all parishes & chapels. At my parish, Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, we pray the Invocation of the Saints after each Mass; I pray we will soon include the prayer to St. Michael.

  • DeAnne Cervi

    This powerful prayer was posted on the 3rd of January, but did not show up in my mailbox until the 4th of January. My Son’s Birthday is the 4th of January….His name was Michael, and he was killed in a plane crash on the Feast day of Saint Michael September 29,2001. I will pray this prayer daily. In 2012 I had the great blessing to visit the Grotto of Saint Michael in Italy…..May God Bless all the Courageous Priest on a daily basis…Thank you for your posts. Dee

  • Di

    We need this prayer NOW more than ever. Pope Leo XIII put this prayer in place because he knew the need, he knew what was coming. This battle is not only from outside the Church it is from within.
    This prayer should have NEVER been taken away at the end of Mass along with the 3 Hail Mary’s. satanic pacts are done in 3’s we Catholics need to know this for protection.
    I have to tell you that this came in my email box at a time when I needed it the most makes me realize others are feeling the need for this prayer. I have been trying to get the St. Michael prayer prayed for 4+ years now. Everywhere I go I ask the priests to start praying it at the end of Mass. I usually get “That’s an exorcism prayer” I say “Yes I know” but I always ask. Pass this on to everyone, start praying the St. Michael prayer in your homes now.
    Take a stand and prepare for Battle!!!
    Si vis pacem para bellum
    “Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.” – Pope Leo XIII (Sapientae Christianae, No. 14, encyclical, 1890)

  • thank you. will distribute as widely as possible.

  • lisag

    We need this prayer when on the White House web site there is a petition to make the Catholic church a hate group.

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