Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other… Full Vatican Text can be read HERE
This decision was promulgated on the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Sept. 29 and includes the Pope’s invitation not only to pray the Roasry daily during October but also the Prayer to St. Michael and the ancient short prayer to Our Lady, known in Latin as the “Sub Tuum”; the first words of the prayer being “We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God.” We used to pray the Prayer to St. Michael after every Mass, hopefully this will again become a common practice in the Church. The “Sub Tuum” is a prayer I pray daily along with millions of Legion of Mary members.
[We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.]
With this request for intercession the Holy Father asks the faithful of all the world to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attachks by the devil, the great accuser, and at the same time to make her more aware of the faults, the errors and the abuses committed in the present and in the past, and committed to combating without any hesitation, so that evil may not prevail.
The Holy Father has also asked that the recitation of the Holy Rosary during the month of October conclude with the prayer written by Leo XIII:
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense 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.
May all hear and accept this invitation from Pope Francis, if we are not already praying the Rosary and asking the intercession of Mary and St. Michael the Archangel.