The following is the original St. Michael Prayer penned by Pope Leo XIII in 1884. After saying Mass, as he was descending the steps of the altar, the Pope stood motionless for several minutes, then passed out as if dead. The Cardinal’s present rushed to his aid. Once revived the Pope told what had happened: He said that he heard the voice of the devil say that he could destroy God’s Church. The voice of God responded “go ahead and try”. The devil then said that he needed more time and more power. When asked how much time and how much power, the devil responded by saying, “seventy-five to one hundred years and more power over those who will give themselves to my service”. The voice of God responded “you have the time, and you have the power”. The Pope was then given a vision of the Church in the future. At this sight, the Pope fainted. After being revived, the Pope immediately penned the following prayer and commanded that it be prayed after every low-Mass. The prayer has been revised several times, but the following prayer is the original version. It should also be noted that exactly seventy-five years after the Pope received the vision, the second Vatican Council was convened. The implementation of that Council has brought what Pope Leo XIII witnessed in his vision. Let us do our part to counter attack the influence of Satan by reciting the following prayer daily for the restoration of the Church.
Original Prayer to St. Michael: O Glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.
Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.
Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
The following is the final revision of the St. Michael prayer, before being dropped all together in 1969: 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 power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.