“May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: ‘Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.” Pope John Paul II
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 Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The idea is to make praying the prayer to St. Michael a daily ritual that is offered up to others. Instead of stating - defend us in battle - substitute a name or group of persons for the word us. And, instead of stating - Be our protection - substitute his/her or their for our. By praying it for others it becomes a gift.
Consider praying the prayer in part to daily habits - everytime you come to a stop light, or everytime you turn on a light switch or turn on the water faucet or open the refrigerator. The prayer only takes 15-20 seconds to recite. Before you know it you’ll be praying the prayer to St. Michael for dozens of individuals each week.
Pleae consider forwarding Pray It Forward - Prayer to St. Michael to others in the effort to continue spreading these prayers throughout our world for the protection of souls.