My affinity for angels ebbs and flows. Sometimes, I’m too busy to think about them. Other times, like when the boys fail to break their legs from jumping off the top of the playground equipment …. I’m aware of their presence.
Beside my own guardian angel, and those protecting my immediate family, my all time favorite is Saint Michael. His feast day is up this week, on September 29th.
You’ll see him mentioned in Scripture in Daniel, as well as Revelation. Our Divine Tradition gives Saint Michael four roles:
- to fight against Satan
- to rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death
- to be the champion of God’s people, the Jews in the Old Law, the Christians in the New Testament, and the orders of knights in the Middle Ages,serving as the patron of the Church
- to call away from earth and bring men’s souls to judgement
Saint 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 Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Another great reason to learn the Saint Michael prayer? It was recommended by Blessed John Paul II as a prayer for our Church.
What about you? Do you have a devotion to Saint Michael, or some of the other angels?