Saint Michael The Archangel

Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle
Be our defense 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 evil spirits
Who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin or souls

Amen


Words by Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903), with slight modifications
Music by Karl Kohlhase


© 2007 karl kohlhase

 

STORY BEHIND THIS SONG...

Pope John Paul II (St. Peter's Square, Sunday, April 24 1994):

"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."

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