Monday, September 20, 2010
Novena to St. Michael begins 20th September
Two different friends shared two different novena prayers. I will post both of them here for you to choose.
NOVENA TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Glorious Saint Michael,
guardian and defender
of the Church of Jesus Christ,
come to the assistance of His followers,
against whom the powers of hell are unchained.
Guard with special care our Holy Father,
the Pope, and our bishops, priests,
all our religious and lay people,
and especially the children.
watch over us during life,
defend us against the assaults of the demon,
and assist us especially at the hour of death.
Help us achieve the happiness
of beholding God face to face
for all eternity.
intercede for me with God
in all my necessities,
(State your intention here...)
Obtain for me a favourable outcome
in the matter I recommend to you.
Mighty prince of the heavenly host,
and victor over rebellious spirits,
remember me for I am weak and sinful
and so prone to pride and ambition.
Be for me, I pray,
my powerful aid in temptation and difficulty,
and above all do not forsake me
in my last struggle with the powers of evil.
From Elaine via Madalena:
St. Michael the Archangel Novena Prayer
St. Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer. You know the value on my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and people. And since you are God's messenger for the care of his people, I entrust to you this special request: (Mention your request).
St. Michael, since you are, by the Will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in your prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God's holy Will, my petition will be granted.
Pray for me, St. Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through your powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death, and reach heaven where we may praise and love God with you forever. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard 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 through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle, that we may not perish in the fearful judgment.
St. Michael, first champion of the Kingship of Christ, pray for us.
God our Father, in a wonderful way You guide the work of Angels and human beings. May those who serve You constantly in heaven keep our lives safe from all harm on earth. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed on St. Michael:
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
The faithful who recite devoutly some prayers in honour of St. Michael at any season of the year, with the intention of continuing the said prayers for nine successive days, may gain: An indulgence of 5 years once each day; a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions at the end of their novena (449).
CHAPLET OF ST. MICHAEL ARCHANGEL
One day, Saint Michael the Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.
Promises of St. Michael
"Whoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their relations."
How to pray the Chaplet of Michael Archangel
The Chaplet is begun by saying the following invocation on the medal:
"O God, come to my assistance!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Say 1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... After each of the following nine salutations in honour of the nine Choir of Angels.
1) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Seraphim,
May the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 1 St Choir of Angels.
2) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Cherubim,
May the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness
And run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 2 ND Choir of Angels.
3) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Thrones,
May the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 3 rd Choir of Angels.
4) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Dominions,
May the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 4 th Choir of Angels.
5) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Powers,
May the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 5 th Choir of Angels.
6) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Virtues,
May the Lord preserve us from evil, and suffer us not to fall into temptation. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 6 th Choir of Angels.
7) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Principalities,
May God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 7 th Choir of Angels.
8) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Archangels,
May the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in good works, In order that we gain the glory of Paradise. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 8 th Choir of Angels.
9) "By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Angels,
May the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen."
1 Our Father... And 3 Hail Mary... In honour of the 9 th Choir of Angels.
At the end, say 1 Our Father... On each of the 4 beads in honour of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, our Guardian Angel.
The Chaplet is concluded with the following prayers:
"O glorious Prince St. Michael, Chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,
Guardian of souls, Vanquisher of rebel spirits, Servant in the house of the Divine King,
And our admirable conductor, Thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue,
Vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, Who turn to thee with confidence,
And enable us by thy gracious protection To serve God more and more faithfully every day.
V. Pray for us, O Glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.
R. That we may be made worthy of His Promises.
"Almighty and everlasting God, who by a prodigy of Goodness
and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men,
has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael,
Prince of Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee,
to be delivered by his powerful protection from all our enemies,
that none of them may harass us at the hour of our death,
but that we may be conducted by him
into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty.
This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.