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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer

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 Power of God,
cast into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the
world seeking the
ruin of souls.  Amen.

Origin of St. Michael Prayer:
According to an article written by Father William Saunders in the Arlington Catholic Herald October 2, 2003, Pope Leo XIII (d.1903) had a prophetic vision of a coming century of sorrow and war. After celebrating Mass, the Holy Father was conferringwith his cardinals when suddenly, he fell to the floor. The cardinals immediately called for a doctor. No pulse was detected, and the Holy Father was feared dead. Just as suddenly, Pope Leo awoke and said, 'What a horrible picture I was permitted to see!' In this vision, God gave Satan the choice of one century in which to do his worst work against the Church. The devil chose the 20th century. Following the vision, the Holy Father was inspired to write this prayer to St. Michael.

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