Prayer To Saint Michael

Prayer To Saint Michael The Archangel       (English/Latin)

Saint Michael the Archangel,                                                                   Sancte Michael Archangele,

defend us in battle,                                                                                       defende nos in praelio,

be our protection                                                                                           esto praesidium

against the wickedness and snares of the devil;                                 contra nequitias et insidias diaboli;

may God rebuke him,                                                                                  imperet illi Deus,

we humbly pray;                                                                                           supplices deprecamur,

and do thou,                                                                                                  et tuque,

O Prince of the heavenly host,                                                                O Princeps militiae caelestis,

by the power of God,                                                                                  Divina virtute,

thrust into hell satan and all evil spirits                                             in infernum detrude satanam aliosque spiritus malignos

who wander through the world                                                             qui pervagantur in mundo

for the ruin of souls.                                                                                 ad perditionem animarum. 

Amen.                                                                                                          Amen.

(N.B. The order of the Latin words, shown above, have been moved out of the usual order commonly employed in the Latin version of the prayer in order to coincide with their English phrase partners. The commonly used Latin form of the “Oration to Saint Michael The Archangel” is shown below.)

Latin: Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in praelio, contra nequitias et insidias diaboli esto praesidium: Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur, tuque, Princepts militiae caelestis, satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

A longer version of the Prayer To Saint Michael The Archangel was penned by Pope Leo XIII and published as a Motu Proprio on 25 September 1888 and appears in the Addenda to The Raccolta of 1957.


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