Traditional Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer?

Are the laity allowed to say the Saint Michael the Archangel prayer published by pope Leo XIII. It is really long. It is not the normal one that we think of when we say the Saint Michael the Archangel prayer.
I have seen on websites that laity are not supposed to pray it, however, in my missal it says we are allowed to.

That doesn’t make any sense at all. Why would we not be allowed to say any prayer that is pleasing to God?:shrug:

Because the traditional St Michael prayer is really intended as a prayer of exorcism - which is not exactly the safest thing for uninstructed laity to be meddling about with!

Well in the Angelus Missal there is an instruction that the laity can use the vernacular of the exorcism prayer. I’ve also come across it in the English translation of the exorcism prayer that came with my Dominican Diurnal. Using the prayer does not make it an exorcism.

Lily, can you post that prayer or till where I could find it? Thanks

So it’s called an exorcism prayer but not intended to have to do with exorcism? :confused:

In any event, it’s dangerous for anyone uninstructed about exorcism to be messing about with such things.

I would think that without permission it would be a private prayer instead of a Rite. It can also be looked upon as a prayer of protection. And well it is stated in both my sources that it can only apply to oneself not another person. In any event I’m not sure and may be wrong.

It is not a solemn Exorcism, therefore Laity can pray it.

I have it posted on my blog, with an explanation. (not written by me) (Page 30)

However the Angelus Press Missal does include a longer one. The one included in the “Exorcism of Satan and the Fallen Angels” is shorter.

Mahalo for posting the prayer, Catholic Nick! And bless you on your journey! BTW I love you blog & bookmarked it.:thumbsup:

Well! Thank you too, sir! I had just downloaded it on Catholic Nick’s blog.
God bless and mahalo!:thumbsup:

Hmm… the explanation given is approximately what my two sources say as well. :slight_smile: I just need to get back to refer to my Angelus Missal for the longer version of the traditional St Michael Prayer.

Here is the alternate St Micheal the Archangel Prayer found in the Angelus Missal (though strangely less traditionally worded in the Missal)

O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and fearful warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan. Fight this day the battle of the Lord with thy legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against thee, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast forth, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and satan, who seduces the whole world; and he was cast forth upon Earth, and his angels were sent with him.

But behold! the ancient enemy of mankind and a murderer from the beginning has been fiercely aroused. Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of the wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to plunder, to slay, and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life. This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity.

Be favorable to Thy Church, the Bride of the Lamb without spot, whose enemies have filled to overflowing with gall and inebriated with wormwood. They have laid profane hands upon Her most sacred treasures. Where the See of the most blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth has been constituted as a light to the nations, there they have placed a throne of their abomination and impiety; so that with the Pastor struck, they may prevail to disperse the flock.

Therefore, most invincible Leader, be with the people of God against this spiritual wickedness and bring about victory. Thou art venerated by Holy Church as Her guard and patron; Thou art glorified as our defender against the impious powers of earth and of hell. Unto thee the Lord hath handed over the souls of the redeemed to be placed in happiness above. Entreat the God of peace, to obliterate satan beneath our feet, lest he prevail further to hold men captive, and to injure the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that the mercy of the Lord may swiftly overtake us, and apprehend the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and satan, and send him bound into the abyss, so that he may seduce the nations no more. Amen.

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Yes, we are allowed to say this prayer, anytime and as much as we want to. Many say it as the final prayer of the rosary.
Deacon Ed B

Yes, we gettum in here…wise cracks such as the above…are getting rather tedious and boring…is Bill Cosby allowed to eat anything other then (here add sterotype soul food etc)???

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