Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sancte Micheal Archangele, defende nos in proelio..

  When we registered our school we named our homeschool after St. Michael. Something we started doing after Mass is to say the prayer to St. Michael. One of our local parish's always says it immediately after mass, it's wonderful they kneel and wait till the candles are out. Anyway, some important people like Pope Leo and Pope John Paul II have asked us to say this prayer after mass and frequently.
  Last summer we read this cool little book- at my son's request for a book about real St. Michael miracles and not to long later my daughter spotted this awesome "Angels Explained" cd from Catholic Lighthouse in the back of church. Both have really enlightened our family. Did you know Lucifer probably fell from the Choir of Cherubs- one of the highest choirs?  And St. Michael is one from one of the lower choirs of angels- the Archangels. The explanations and theories presented in the CD are backed by Theologians although they are not official church teachings at this time- (that means there is a general consensus among Theologians) I suggest getting the CD for sure. I think you can get them at St. Francis here locally still, they were only $2 or $3. It actually was interesting enough it kept the kids attention too at 5 and 3 years old! And it has the promises and prayer of the St. Michael chaplet at the end. It's beautiful! (Having an Angel escort from each Choir of Angels to communion would be beautiful to see!)

  It has been said Pope Leo was given a vision of Satan battling with Saint Michael, and Saint Michael casting him back in to hell. During this vision that went on for about 10 mins near the altar, Pope Leo said he heard two voices. The vision gives me chills. Anyway, Pope Leo went and wrote the prayer to St. Michael immediately. We should be saying frequently if not daily. He prescribed saying it after mass. It used to be a tradition, and I remember as child we used to back at St. Jude, but now it's rare around here to hear parish's saying it together.
   "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," (Eph 6 10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Rev. 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. "St Michael the Archangel defend us in battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil." Although today 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 the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world." Pope John Paul II, in the Angelus message, St. Peter's Square, April 24, 1994.

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