Saint Michael the Archangel has been venerated from time immemorial as a patron against evil. The leaders of the Church have deigned to advance devotion to Saint Michael. The archbishop recently wrote reminding us that the spiritual battle is real and that each Mass should end with a prayer invoking the victory of Saint Michael.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing until the archbishop teaches us differently, the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel will be recited together at the end of each Mass when the priest kisses the altar. Our common version is as follows: “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 hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”

The name “Michael” means “Who is like God” and refers to the victory we have in God. Saint Michael together with Saint Gabriel and Saint Rafael are the only three archangels named in the sacred scriptures. While Saint Michael first appears in the Book of Daniel (10), the most powerful display of his God given place in the spiritual life appears in the Book of Revelation (12). There, he engages the devil and comes out triumphant through the power of God! May Saint Michael intercede for you as well that you might be triumphant over any evil by the power of God!

-Fr. Thuerauf