St. Michael is a powerful intercessor, especially against the powers of darkness.
Novenas are an ancient part of the the Church’s devotional life. Many trace the structure back to the nine days between Jesus’ ascension and the feast of Pentecost. A novena (meaning “nine days”) is a special time of prayer, typically for a specific intention.
In the treasury of Catholic prayers there exists a novena to St. Michael the Archangel that can be prayed during any time of the year, but is a most fitting preparation for his feast day on September 29.
St. Michael is a powerful intercessor, especially against powers of darkness acting in a person’s soul or in the world at large. He is known as the one who banished Satan from heaven and continues to act in the world as a fierce spiritual warrior against all that is evil.
The novena to St. Michael is also a great reminder of the existence of angels in our world. While we may never see them on earth, their actions are often felt and they play a pivotal role in the protection of humanity.
Below is the traditional novena prayer to St. Michael that can be prayed for nine consecutive days.
Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who hast made thee 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.Thou knowest the value of 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 thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request: [Mention your intention here.]Saint Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted.Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever. Amen.
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