Michaelmas

Today is traditionally the feast of St. Michael. In more recent times Sts. Gabriel and Raphael were grouped together with him also. So, happy Feast of the Archangels!

I have typically gone back and forth between praying the Divine Praises, the St. Michael & Guardian Angel Prayers, and the Hail Holy Queen (for Marian days) after weekday Mass. Basically I normally just do what seems “right” on the given day.

I think I have basically decided today, however: only the St. Michael and Guardian Angel Prayers from now on after daily Mass. We need the help of the angels more than ever, especially the help of St. Michael against evil.

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St. 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,
cast into hell Satan
and all the other evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

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Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here:
ever this day be at my side,
to light, to guard;
to rule and guide.
Amen.

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