The Prayer to St Michael the Archangel

St Michael
Pray this before leaving Mass

The prayer to St Michael the Archangel originated in 1886 as part of the prayers ordered to be recited by Pope Leo XIII after Mass.  The obligation to recite the prayers was removed in 1964 but never prohibited.  Pope St. John Paul II wrote in 1994; "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 the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."

In August of 2018 Pope Francis requested that the faithful recite this prayer for the entire month of October.

Due to the forces of evil in our world, many parishes have continued the practice of reciting this prayer after Mass has ended.

Queen of Angels has adopted this tradition beginning in January 2019.  You will find prayer cards in the pews to assist until the prayer can be memorized.  Here is the prayer:

Saint Michael 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 evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

January 4, 2019 - 2:06pm

Latest Posts

Young Adult Synod Update

Christ Lives! A Time of Dreams and Decisions

DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO Office of the Synod

Bishop McElroy, in consultation with diocesan leadership this past spring, called for this synod...Read more

40 Days For Life

Fall Campaign


You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization! Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils...Read more

Catholic Social Teaching Explained by a Former Anglican Priest

Dr. James Merrick

I left behind a decade as an Anglican priest and a career in teaching Protestant theology at the university and seminary levels to enter...Read more

Subscribe to Blog