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Feast Day of Michael,Gabriel and Raphael[Michael's Battle With The Dragon]
Book of Revelation | 00/00/00 | St John the Evangelist

Posted on 09/29/2002 7:19:26 PM PDT by Lady In Blue

"At that time there shall arise Michael,the great prince,guardian of your people;It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time."

Gabriel instructed me in these words:"Daniel,I have now come to give you understanding.When you began your petition,an answer was given which I have come to announce,because you are beloved."

"I am Raphael,one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord.As for me,when I came to you it was not out of any favor on my part,but because it was God's will."(book of Tobit,12.15,18.20

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.Then another sign appeared in the sky: it was a huge dragon, flaming red, with seven heads and ten horns; on his heads were seven diadems. His tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them down to the earth.

Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, ready to devour her child when it should be born.She gave birth to a son-a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod.Her child was caught up to God and to his throne. The woman herslef fled into the desert,where a special place had been prepared for her by God;there she was taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.Although the dragon and his angels fought back,they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

"Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before our God.They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;love for life did not deter them from death.So rejoice,you heavens,and ayou that dwell therein!But woe to you,earth and sea,for the devil has come down upon you!His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short."

When the dragon saw that he had been cast down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the boy.But the woman was given the wings of a gigantic eagle so that she could fly off to her place in the desert,where,far from the serpent she could be taken care of for a year and for two and a half years more.The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth to search out the woman and sweep her away. The earth then came to the woman's rescue by opening its mouth and swallowing the flood which the dragon spewed out his mouth.

Enraged at her escape, the dragon went off to make war on the rest of her offsprings, on those who keep God's commandments and give witness to Jesus.

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St.Michael by Crivelli

St. Michael to the Rescue

What follows is a copy of a letter written by a young Marine to his mother while recovering from a wound suffered on a Korean battlefield in 1950.The Navy Chaplain Father W.Muldy, who had talked to the boy,his mother, and to the Sergeant in charge of the patrol, vouched for the veracity of the story.

Dear Mom,

I wouldn't dare write this letter to anyone but you,because no one would believe it. Maybe even you will find it hard, but I have got to tell somebody.

First off,I'm in a hospital. Now don't worry,you hear me? Don't worry! I was wounded, but I am okay. The doctor says that I will be up and around in a month. But that's not what I want to tell you.

Remember when I joined the Marines last year? When I left, you told me to say a prayer to St. Michael every day. You really didn't have to tell me that...ever since I can remember, you always told me to pray to St. Michael the Archangel. You even named me after him. Well,I always have! But when I got to Korea I prayed even harder.

Remember the prayer that you taught me?..."Michael,Michael of the morning,Fresh corps of Heaven adorning..."You know the rest of it. Well, I said it every day...sometimes when I was marching or sometimes resting. But always before I went to sleep. I even got some of the other fellas to say it.

Well, one day I was with an advance detail way up on the front lines. We were scouting for the Commies. I was plodding along in the bitter breath was like cigar smoke.

I thought I knew every guy in the patrol, when alongside of me comes another Marine I never met bfore. He was bigger than any other Marine I'd ever seen. He must have been 6'4" and built in proportion! It gave me a feeling of security to have such a body nearby.

Anyway,there we were trudging along. The rest of the patrol spread out.Just to start a conversation, I said, "Cold, ain't it!" And then I laughed! Here I was, with a good chance of getting killed any minute,and I'm talking about the weather!

My companion seemed to understand. I heard him laugh softly. I looked at him, I have never seen you before.I thought I knew every man in the outfit."

"I just joined at the last minute," he replied."The name is Michael."

"Is that so?" I said surprised. "That's MY name, too!" "I know," he said...and then went on..."Michael,Michael, of the morning..."

I was too amazed to say anything for a minute. How did he know my name, and a prayer that YOU had taught me? Then I smiled to myself:Every guy in the outfit knew about me! Hadn't I taught the prayer to anybody who would listen? Why, now and then, they even referred to me as "St.Michael"!

Neither of us spoke for a time, and then he broke the silence."We are going to have some trouble up ahead."

He must have been in fine physical shape,for he was breathing so lightly that I couldn't see his breath. Mine poured out in great clouds! There was no smile on his face now. Trouble ahead, I thought to myself...well, with the Commies all around us,THAT is no great revelation!

Snow began to fall in great thick globs. In a brief moment, the whole countryside was blotted out. And I was marching in a white fog of wet, sticky particles. My companion disappeared.

"Michael!" I shouted in sudden alarm.

I felt his hand on my arm, his voice rich and strong, "This will stop shortly." His prophecy proved to be correct. In a few minutes, the snow stopped as abruptly as it had begun. The sun was a hard, shining disc. I looked back for trhe rest of the patrol, THere was no one in sight. We lost them in that heavy fall of snow. I looked ahead as we came over a little rise.

Mom, my heart just stopped! THere were seven of them! Seven Commies in their padded pants and jackets and atheir funny hats. Only, there wasn't anything funny about them now. Seven rifles were aimed at us!

"Down, Michael! I screamed, and hit the frozen earth. I heard those rifles fire almost as one. I heard the bullets. There was Michael...still standing!

Mom, those guys COULDN'T have missed...not at that range! I expected to see him literally blown to bits! But, there he stood...making no effort to fire himself! He was paralyzed with happens sometimes, Mom, even to the bravest. He was like a bird fascinated by a snake!

At least, that was what I thought THEN I jumped up to pull him down, and that was when I got hit. I felt a sudden flame in my chest. I often wondered what it felt like to be I know!

I remember feeling strong arms around me, arms that laid me ever so gently on a pillow of snow. I hoped my eyes, for one last look. I was dying! Maybe I was even dead. I remember thinking."Well, this is not so bad."

Maybe I was looking into the sun. Maybe I was in shock. But it seemed I saw Michael standing erect again...only this time his face was shining with a terrible splendor!He seemed to change as I watched him. He grew bigger, his arms stretched out wide. Maybe it was the snow falling again, but there a brightness around him like the wings of an Angel! In his hand was a sword...a sword that flashed with a million lights!

Well...that is the last thing I remember until the rest of the fellas came up and found me. I don't know how much time had passed. Now and then, I had but a moment's rest from the pain and fever.I remember telling them of the enemy just ahead.

"Where's Michael?" I asked. I saw them at one another, "Where's who?" asked one.

"Michael...Michael...that big Marine I was walking with just before the snow squall hit us."

"Kid,"said the sargent, "You weren't walking with anyone. I had my eyes on you the whole tlme. You were getting too far out! I was just going to call you in when you disappeared in the snow."

He looked at me curiously. "How did you do it, kid?" "How'd I do WHAT?" I asked...half-angry, despite my wound. "This Marine named Michael and I were just..."

"Son," said the sergeant kindly, "I picked this outfit myself,and there just ain't another Michael in it! You are the only Michael in it!"

He paused for a minute. "Just how did you do it,kid? We heard shots, but there hasn't been a shot fired from YOURrifle..and there isn't a BIT of lead in them seven bodies over the hill there."

I didn't say anything. What COULD I say? I could only look open-mouthed with amazement.

It was then the sergeant spoke again. "Kid," he said gently..."Every one of sthose seven Commies was killed a sword stroke!"

That is all I can tell you, Mom. As I may have been the sun in my may have been the cold or the pain.But that is what happened!

Taken from the fall,2002 Circular Letter of OPUS SANCTORUM ANGELORUM

I first heard about this story from Father William Wagner some years ago.I thought it was fantastic then and still do.

St Michael,St Gabriel and St Raphael please pray for us.

1 posted on 09/29/2002 7:19:26 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: *Catholic_list; father_elijah; Salvation; nickcarraway; NYer; JMJ333
2 posted on 09/29/2002 7:21:31 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
I love this story..thank-you :)
3 posted on 09/29/2002 8:22:52 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Lady In Blue
Thank you for posting that story and this thread.
4 posted on 09/29/2002 8:33:49 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Irisshlass
You're welcome. I loved it the first time I heard Fr Wagner told it but he didn't have time,as I recall,to give all of the particulars.
5 posted on 09/29/2002 9:00:42 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
Mother Angelica has an interesting story...Michael Brown reported it in his book...Prayer of the Warrior...He also shares his story of St. Michael...I say the Chaplet...very powerful!
6 posted on 09/29/2002 9:10:06 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Irisshlass
Which book? "The Final Hour." Is that the St Michael's chaplet? I say it too.
7 posted on 09/29/2002 9:26:06 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
I've read Final Hour..Prayer of the Warrior...his first book...the chaplet yes! :) lol
8 posted on 09/29/2002 9:46:28 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Lady In Blue

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle; Be our safeguard 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, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls.

9 posted on 09/29/2002 10:13:22 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
The one I'm referring to is the Chaplet of St. Michael...It begins..O God, come to my assistance...and then there are nine salutations honoring the nine chiors of angels...Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principlaities, Archangels and Choir of Angels, then the leading angels and then two ending prayers.
10 posted on 09/29/2002 10:29:35 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Lady In Blue; Salvation; irishlass; american colleen; maryz
What a wonderful story!! Thank you for sharing it. On the Spirit Daily web site was the following story. Thought you might find it interesting.


By Michael H. Brown

This week of the archangels, celebrating the feast day of St. Michael,  I'd like to say that I have been to a number of holy places -- spots where there is an especially powerful presence, the actual feeling of something supernatural. Highest on this list would be the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem; the Cathedral of the Holy Shroud in Turin; the chapel of the apparitions at Fatima; the Lourdes grotto; and where I am right now -- apparition hill just outside the village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

These are all powerful places and in their midst I would also rank the Cave of the Archangel Michael -- in fact, it is right there at the top. This is a grotto in eastern Italy, and believe me, there is a presence here! There is the real feeling of St. Michael. When I visited the cave in 1990, a disheveled man who had simply walked in and was sitting before the statue of Michael suddenly went through a spontaneous deliverance as a demon that obviously inhabited him screeched and yelled as the Holy Spirit sought to cast it out.

That's power. I urge you all to visit it. Perhaps one day we'll run a pilgrimage. I have a stone from the cave that I treasure as one of my most powerful relics.

And I also have a rare picture of the archangel that I bought at the cave (yes, a cave, not a church). We feel the picture is so potent that we have adopted it, along with the Shroud, as the official devotion for this website (see below).

I have heard from others who have told me about encountering angels on the way to St. Michael's cave or of simply experiencing the kind of feeling that is rare outside of the most famous sites of apparition. But that's what happens at Monte Gargano (where the cave is located): there is a feeling that can only be compared to spots like Mount Krizevac or the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem, and it only makes sense when we take a look at the history -- the long history -- of this place.

Located in stony hillsides not far from San Giovanni Rotundo (where St. Pio lived), the cave is reached by walking 86 steps subdivided into five flights and interrupted by four landings. It is a mysterious place, the galleries supported by big Gothic arches and ogival vaults, the side walls are illuminated by small windows.

But most mysterious is the history: in 404 A.D. a wealthy man, frustrated when one of his cattle refused to move from the entrance of the cave, took up his bow and sent an arrow toward the animal -- an arrow that then whirled like a boomerang and came back to wound the archer!

So frightened was the man that he went to see the bishop of Siponto, who in praying for an answer experienced the apparition of Michael. The archangel identified himself as the angel "who ever stands before the Lord" and was "keeping this place under my special protection."

Although there is a basilica in the cave, it has never been consecrated by the Church because the Church considers it the only basilica consecrated by an actual angel!

In another instance when Neopolitans decided to wage war on Siponto, Michael appeared again to the bishop assuring him of victory. As soon as the attack began, all of Monte Gargano was enveloped by a dark cloud that shot forth lightning of such strength as to chase away the enemy.

No wonder the power is still felt. Let us take a lesson from it on the archangel's tremendous intervention. Michael! He is the angelic prince of Israel, guardian of Jacob, known in Islamic writing as Mika'il. 

In our current day, he figures often into mysticism. Although most don't realize it, it was only after invocation of St. Michael that a child was freed from possession in the real-life case of The Exorcist (this never made it into the movie). I once spoke to a level-headed woman who claimed to have seen Michael as a gigantic being at a time when she and her husband were going through a crisis. She claims she saw him with her eyes open. He was so huge, she says, that she could only see to his knees. He wore strapped sandals, and his feet looked like they had trekked across the earth. She could see the tip of a sword. I also remember the Ukrainian mystic Josyp Terelya seeing Michael as a wise old man who instructed him in a dream.

Michael! A wise man. A warrior. The warrior. Some say the great archangel is the author of Psalm 85. 

In Jewish lore it's even believed that the fire Moses saw in the burning bush had Michael's appearance. 

Christians invoke him as the angel of deliverance. 

This is a mighty intercessor who can help you in many distressing situations. Invoke him. Do his novena. Ask for his help. He is stronger than anything bad. "Who is like unto God?" was Michael's cry against the fallen angels who tried to usurp the throne of God.

11 posted on 09/30/2002 6:16:07 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Lady In Blue; irishlass; NYer
Mother Angelica and St. Michael have a long history together. In Alabama Mother had a vision of St. Michael where he told her to put the new broadcast satellite dish. Everyone told Mother it wouldn't work, but she had it done because of St. Michael's guidance and direction. Not only did the location work, it worked better than they could have hoped. Even the BBC has been to Alabama to try to figure out how Mother Angelica's dish set up works. So far none can figure it out, and Mother and the nuns credit St. Michael the Archangel for all of it.
12 posted on 09/30/2002 7:03:32 AM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Siobhan
LOL..yes...I just heard her tell that story on EWTN that was airing a previous show. I like the story when she and others went looking for St. Michael's cave in Italy; about the angel walking out the back of the car while the car was still in fast motion after it had passed them.
13 posted on 09/30/2002 7:17:55 AM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: NYer
Spirit Daily

Removal Of St. Michael Prayer Came As Church Encountered 'Smoke' Of Satan

By Michael H. Brown

It has to be considered a mistake. It has left the Church without a vital safeguard. Someday, it may will be aligned with great smoke that rose in the sanctuary.

We speak here of the Prayer to the Archangel Michael. It's a prayer that was devised by Pope Leo XIII after some sort of mystical experience in which the pontiff was given to understand that Satan was in a special period of aggression. It was then that the prayer was devised, and in 1886 Leo XIII ordered it said at the conclusion of Mass, which was done until the fateful 1960s -- when a torrent of evil suddenly poured into the world. In 1964, in the first wave of post-Vatican II changes -- in what was known as the Instructio Prima -- this magnificent and potent invocation to the archangel who threw Lucifer from heaven was removed from low Mass in the Catholic Church along with a reading of a last Gospel.

Since that time, what have we seen? Priests who have left the priesthood. Pews that emptied. And now, scandal. Across society, Christianity and particularly the Catholic segment has become the focus of disdain in a culture that opened itself to infernal legions. Removal of the prayer-- along with the near-elimination of exorcism -- allowed an influx of evil. In 1972, speaking in the aftermath of Vatican II, Pope Paul VI himself said "the smoke of Satan has entered by some crack into the temple of God."

It was in 1964 that the new standard was directed, and in 1968 that the new liturgy, minus the prayer, was authorized.

What happened in that specific period?

Our youth strayed. The choir was replaced by rock bands. Priests were made to feel outcasts. There were even songs dedicated to the devil. Television replaced the majesty of religion. Free sex. Drugs. Abortion. Instead of public prayer there was now public profanity. In the same chronological window that saw elimination of the Michael prayer, the first Church of Satan rose (1966) in the U.S. and the satanic Bible three years later.

It was against such things that the prayer was potent, as was the practice of deliverance, something Jesus had commanded. Most of the exorcisms were taken out of baptismal rites, and the Church eliminated the minor order of "exorcist" (which young men traveled on the way to priesthood). Exorcism became rare at the same time that the devil became pervasive.

Our current Pope is trying to stem this tide, and on at least two occasions, in 1982 and on September 7, 2000, personally conducted exorcisms. He was accompanied by Father Gabriel Amorth, the official exorcist of Rome, who says:

"I believe that it was a mistake to have eliminated, without a suitable replacement, the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel that we used to recite after every Mass. I am convinced that allowing the ministry of exorcism to die is an unforgivable deficiency to be laid squarely at the door of bishops. Every diocese should have at least one exorcist at the cathedral, and every large parish and sanctuary should have one as well. Today the exorcist is seen as a rarity, almost impossible to find. His activity, on the other hand, has an indispensable pastoral value, as valuable as that of the preacher, the confessor, and those who administer the other sacraments. The Catholic hierarchy must say a forceful mea culpa. I am personally acquainted with many Italian bishops; I know of only a few who have ever practiced or who have assisted during an exorcism or who are adequately aware of this problem."

It's time to bring Michael back. Evil can not stand in his presence. The situation is growing severe -- as we saw on September 11 when the very smoke from the World Trade Center formed demonic images.

14 posted on 09/30/2002 7:37:02 AM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Siobhan
In Alabama Mother had a vision of St. Michael where he told her to put the new broadcast satellite dish.

Another great story!! I love Mother's stories - sorry I missed that one. Didn't mother have a "run in" with Cardinal Mahony a few years ago?

She is in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

15 posted on 09/30/2002 8:07:43 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Lady In Blue
A Moleben to the Holy Archangel Michael is always sung on Wednesday eves at my parish St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Pueblo,CO.

O dread captain of the hosts of heaven,intercessor for all at the throne of Christ the Master,steadfast protector of all men and wise warrior,mighty general of the heavenly King,have mercy on me a sinner who am in need of thine assistance;protect me from all enemies visible and invisible,and still more,fortify me against the fear of death and the troubling of the devils; and vouschafe me to stand unashamed before our Creator at the hour of His dread and righteous Judgement.

O most holy and great Michael, supreme commander,disdain me not a sinner who entreat thee for help and aid in this world and that which is to come, but vouschafe me there to glorify with thee the Father,and the Son,and the Holy Spirit,unto the ages of ages.Amen.

16 posted on 09/30/2002 8:55:17 AM PDT by IGNATIUS
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To: Salvation; Lady In Blue
I'll always heard about a longer version of this prayer that Pope Leo XIII composed. I'm guessing that this is it. I found it HERE:


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 his depraved mind, corrupt heart, spirit of lying, impiety, blasphemy, his 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, 0 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

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered hostile powers.

R.. The Lion of the tribe of Juda has conquered, the root of David.

V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.

R. As we have hoped in Thee.

V O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy name, and we suppliantly implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and ruin of souls. Amen.

Pope Leo XIII 1888

17 posted on 09/30/2002 4:25:56 PM PDT by TotusTuus
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To: Irisshlass; Lady In Blue; Salvation
Is this it? I found it HERE:


Begin by saying the following invocation on the medal:

O God, come to my assistance.

O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory Be to the Father, etc.

Say (1) Our Father and (3) Hail Marys after each of the following nine (9) salutations in honor of the nine (9) choirs of angels:

1) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim, may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

2) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness and to turn in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.

3) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.

4) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominions, may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions. Amen.

5) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers, may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.

6) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may the Lord preserve us from evil and suffer us not to fall into temptation. Amen.

7) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

8) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels, may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise. Amen.

9) By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen.

Following the arrow on the diagram, 10-13, say (1) Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels:

#10 - St. Michael

#11 - St. Gabriel

#12 - St. Raphael

#13 - Our Guardian Angel

Conclude by saying the following prayers:

O glorious Prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King, and our admirable conductor, thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us by the gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.

R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.


Almighty and Everlasting God, Who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hast appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of Thy Church; make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered from all our enemies that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into the August presence of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Promises of St. Michael. Whosoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine (9) angels chosen from each one of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine (9) salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the Holy Angels during life and after death, deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and their relations.

- With Ecclesiastical Approval

18 posted on 09/30/2002 4:39:02 PM PDT by TotusTuus
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19 posted on 09/30/2002 5:28:27 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: NYer
Thank you so much for your beautiful post! I have a stone from St.Michael's cave too.I've had it many years.I have it right in front of my statue of St.Michael.
20 posted on 09/30/2002 5:37:53 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Siobhan
Isn't that something?! I never heard that! I do remember hearing mother say that when she was a kid,she was saved by her angel(maybe it was St.Michael).She was trying to cross and standing in the streets waiting for cars to go by when she came within inches of being hit.She said that she felt herself being lifted up and placed on the sidewalk! Does anybody remember her telling this incident?
21 posted on 09/30/2002 5:43:38 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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That really is a beautiful prayer, IGNATIUS! I can't imagine how beautiful and magnificent St.Michael is.
22 posted on 09/30/2002 5:49:42 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: TotusTuus
That's the one.Thanks for posting it.
23 posted on 09/30/2002 5:51:43 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: TotusTuus
i was not aware of that! Wow!
24 posted on 09/30/2002 6:26:30 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: TotusTuus
Yes! Very powerful prayer...:)
25 posted on 09/30/2002 6:31:46 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Lady In Blue
Yes, I've heard Mother Angelica tell that story a couple times.
26 posted on 09/30/2002 6:35:33 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: NYer
Here is a link...from what I understand Cardinal Mahoney took her to the vatican and she stepped down from the board at EWTN. I remember somewhat the controversy...I sided with Mother Angelica. She took a harsh backlash from Cardinal Mahoney and some Catholic newspapers.
27 posted on 09/30/2002 7:38:47 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Irisshlass; NYer; Lady In Blue
Mother Angelica had a certain Cardinal in Austria on her side who made matters very difficult for Cardinal Mahony. EWTN is a non-profit corporation so Cardinal Mahony and others in the American Church couldn't steal it away from Mother Angelica. Anyway, Mother said she'd blow the whole thing up before she would let them get their hands on it. Deacon Bill S. and everyone at EWTN is totally devoted to Mother's vision whether or not she has a title or position with the network.

I was personally delighted that EWTN refused to broadcast the "consecration" of the new 'cathedral' in Los Angeles.

28 posted on 09/30/2002 7:54:22 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Siobhan
I was personally delighted that EWTN refused to broadcast the "consecration" of the new 'cathedral' in Los Angeles

Oh they did...I didn't know that! Hehehe...*grin*
29 posted on 09/30/2002 8:06:09 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: Siobhan; Irisshlass; NYer; Lady In Blue
Mother Angelica had a certain Cardinal in Austria...

I believe she is referring to:

Christoph Schönborn, O.P. directed the commission that produced the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Subsequently he was named Archbishop of Vienna and a Cardinal.

He also had been a big supporter of Fr. Fessio during the Campion College fiasco, a College that the good Cardinal strongly endorses!

30 posted on 09/30/2002 8:42:42 PM PDT by TotusTuus
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To: Irisshlass; Siobhan
I was personally delighted that EWTN refused to broadcast the "consecration" of the new 'cathedral' in Los Angeles

Oh they did...I didn't know that! Hehehe...*grin*

Well, actually I don't think EWTN was asked. I went to EWTN's site looking in the Q/A archives because I remember somebody wrote in asking this question - I couldn't find it. The response was EWTN was not asked to do so.

31 posted on 09/30/2002 8:53:06 PM PDT by TotusTuus
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To: TotusTuus
Wow! Thank you for posting this most powerful prayer.I've never heard of this longer version. Thanks again.
32 posted on 09/30/2002 9:23:36 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: TotusTuus
Such delicatesse and restraint. Of course, if it had been the consecration of a new cathedral in Lincoln, Nebraska, the good folks at EWTN would be beating down the door to broadcast that -- just like they did with Archbishop Dolan's liturgy in Milwaukee.
33 posted on 10/01/2002 2:26:36 AM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Irisshlass; Siobhan; TotusTuus; Lady In Blue; IGNATIUS
"I like the story when she and others went looking for St. Michael's cave in Italy; about the angel walking out the back of the car while the car was still in fast motion after it had passed them.

What a fantastic experience! Michael Brown is considering conducting a pilgrimage to St. Michael's cave. Here is a picture.


34 posted on 10/01/2002 6:42:40 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
Bump to the top for the feast day of the guardian angels. 10-02-02
35 posted on 10/02/2002 2:54:19 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
Thanks for the link...Bttt
36 posted on 10/02/2002 5:01:29 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: IGNATIUS; Lady In Blue
Thanks, IGNATIUS. The devotion of Eastern Christians to St. Michael is truly wonderful. Beautiful in song, and beautiful in art.

Lady in Blue, that's a great story. Who is Fr. William Wagner? And why does his name sound so familiar to me - was he ever in NYC?
37 posted on 10/02/2002 5:22:12 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
BTTT on 9-29-03
38 posted on 09/29/2003 6:22:45 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue

Bump to the top on the feast day of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels!

39 posted on 09/29/2004 6:50:56 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All; NYer; Lady In Blue; Land of the Irish; AskStPhilomena
Feast Day of Michael,Gabriel and Raphael[Michael's Battle With The Dragon]

Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

Apologies to St. Michael

The Story of Michael

St. Gabriel Archangel

Act of Consecration to St Michael the Archangel (for the Feast of St Michael, September 29)

40 posted on 09/29/2004 7:17:14 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

41 posted on 09/29/2004 7:35:10 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

O God, Who, from among other Angels, didst chose the Archangel Gabriel to announce the mystery of Thine Incarnation, mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his earthly feast, may experience his Heavenly protection.

Prayer in honor of Saint Gabriel taken from My Daily Prayer collection of prayers.

42 posted on 09/29/2004 8:11:11 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

O God, Who didst give the Blessed Archangel Raphael to Thy servant Tobias, to be a companion on his way, grant that we, Thy servants, may ever be sheltered by his guardianship and strengthened by his aid.

Prayer in honor of Saint Raphael taken from My Daily Prayer collection of prayers.

43 posted on 09/29/2004 8:11:37 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue; father_elijah; nickcarraway; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Siobhan; attagirl; goldenstategirl; ...
Saint of the Day Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Saint of the Day Ping List.

44 posted on 09/29/2004 1:23:59 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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September 29, 2004
Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named.

Michael appears in Daniel's vision as "the great prince" who defends Israel against its enemies; in the Book of Revelation, he leads God's armies to final victory over the forces of evil. Devotion to Michael is the oldest angelic devotion, rising in the East in the fourth century. The Church in the West began to observe a feast honoring Michael and the angels in the fifth century.

Gabriel also makes an appearance in Daniel's visions, announcing Michael's role in God's plan. His best-known appearance is an encounter with a young Jewish girl named Mary, who consents to bear the Messiah.

Raphael's activity is confined to the Old Testament story of Tobit. There he appears to guide Tobit's son Tobiah through a series of fantastic adventures which lead to a threefold happy ending: Tobiah's marriage to Sarah, the healing of Tobit's blindness and the restoration of the family fortune.

The memorials of Gabriel (March 24) and Raphael (October 24) were added to the Roman calendar in 1921. The 1970 revision of the calendar joined their feasts to Michael's.


Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides. Earlier belief that inexplicable events were due to the actions of spiritual beings has given way to a scientific world-view and a different sense of cause and effect. Yet believers still experience God's protection, communication and guidance in ways which defy description. We cannot dismiss angels too lightly.


"The question of how many angels could dance on the point of a pin no longer is absurd in molecular physics, with its discovery of how broad that point actually is, and what part invisible electronic 'messengers' play in the dance of life" (Lewis Mumford).


Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

Old Calendar: Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

The liturgy celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church. Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil. Gabriel (Strength of God) announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people. Raphael (Medicine of God) is the archangel who took care of Tobias on his journey.

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar today was only the feast of St. Michael. St. Gabriel was observed on March 24 and St. Raphael on October 24.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that "[T]he existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition." Read the Catechism 328-336 to see the teachings of the Church on angels.

Angels are pure, created spirits. The name angel means servant or messenger of God. They are celestial or heavenly beings, on a higher order than human beings. An angel has no body and does not depend on matter for his existence or activity. They are distinct from saints, which men can become. Angels have intellect and will, and are immortal. They are a vast mulitude, but each is an individual person. Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels listed in the Bible. In ascending order, the choirs or classes are 1) Angels, 2) Archangels, 3) Principalities, 4) Powers, 5) Virtues, 6) Dominations, 7) Thrones, 8) Cherubim and 9) Seraphim.


St. Michael
The name of the archangel Michael means, in Hebrew, who is like unto God? and he is also known as "the prince of the heavenly host". He is usually pictured as a strong warrior, dressed in armor and wearing sandals. His name appears in Scripture four times, twice in the Book of Daniel, and once each in the Epistle of St. Jude and the Book of Revelation. From Revelation we learn of the battle in heaven, with St. Michael and his angels combatting Lucifer and the other fallen angels (or devils). We invoke St. Michael to help us in our fight against Satan; to rescue souls from Satan, especially at the hour of death; to be the champion of the Jews in the Old Testament and now Christians; and to bring souls to judgment.

This day is referred to as "Michaelmas" in many countries and is also one of the harvest feast days. In England this is one of the "quarter days", which was marked by hiring servants, electing magistrates, and beginning of legal and university terms. This day also marks the opening of the deer and other large game hunting season. In some parts of Europe, especially Germany, Denmark, and Austria, a special wine called "Saint Michael's Love" (Michelsminne) is drunk on this day. The foods for this day vary depending on nationality. In the British Isles, for example, goose was the traditional meal for Michaelmas, eaten for prosperity, France has waffles or Gaufres and the traditional fare in Scotland used to be St. Michael's Bannock (Struan Micheil) — a large, scone-like cake. In Italy, gnocchi is the traditional fare.

Patron: Against temptations; against powers of evil; artists; bakers; bankers; battle; boatmen; cemeteries; coopers; endangered children; dying; Emergency Medical Technicians; fencing; grocers; hatmakers; holy death; knights; mariners; mountaineers; paramedics; paratroopers; police officers; radiologists; sailors; the sick; security forces; soldiers; against storms at sea; swordsmiths; those in need of protection; Brussels, Belgium; Caltanissett, Sicily; Cornwall, England; Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Florida; England; Germany; Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama; Papua, New Guinea; Puebla, Mexico; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Sibenik, Croatia; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington; Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Symbols: Angel with wings; dressed in armour; lance and shield; scales; shown weighing souls; millstone; piercing dragon or devil; banner charged with a dove.

St. Gabriel
St. Gabriel's name means "God is my strength". Biblically he appears three times as a messenger. He had been sent to Daniel to explain a vision concerning the Messiah. He appeared to Zachary when he was offering incense in the Temple, to foretell the birth of his son, St. John the Baptist. St. Gabriel is most known as the angel chosen by God to be the messenger of the Annunciation, to announce to mankind the mystery of the Incarnation.

The angel's salutation to our Lady, so simple and yet so full of meaning, Hail Mary, full of grace, has become the constant and familiar prayer of all Christian people.

Patron: Ambassadors; broadcasting; childbirth; clergy; communications; diplomats; messengers; philatelists; postal workers; public relations; radio workers; secular clergy; stamp collectors; telecommunications; Portugal; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.

Symbols: Archangel; sceptre and lily; MR or AM shield; lantern; mirror; olive branch; scroll with words Ave Maria Gratia Plena; Ressurection trumpet; shield; spear; lily.

St. Raphael
Our knowledge of the Archangel Raphael comes to us from the book of Tobit. His mission as wonderful healer and fellow traveller with the youthful Tobias has caused him to be invoked for journeys and at critical moments in life. Tradition also holds that Raphael is the angel that stirred the waters at the healing sheep pool in Bethesda. His name means "God has healed".

Patron: Blind; bodily ills; counselors; druggists; eye problems; guardian angels; happy meetings; healers; health inspectors; health technicians; love; lovers; mental illness; nurses; pharmacists; physicians; shepherds; against sickness; therapists; travellers; young people; young people leaving home for the first time; Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington.

Symbols: Staff; wallet and fish; staff and gourd; archangel; young man carrying a staff; young man carrying a fish; walking with Tobias; holding a bottle or flask.

Things to Do:

45 posted on 09/29/2004 1:46:02 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Lady In Blue

Thank you for posting this. I especially love St. Michael!

46 posted on 09/29/2004 1:51:07 PM PDT by amdgmary
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To: Salvation
Thanks For The PING

47 posted on 09/29/2004 4:51:52 PM PDT by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY 2004 Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: Lady In Blue; Salvation

awesome post! Bookmarked ;)

48 posted on 09/29/2004 8:18:28 PM PDT by kstewskis (BUSH-GIBSON 2004)
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, September 29, 2005!

49 posted on 09/29/2005 8:48:47 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
BTTT on the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, September 29, 2006!


50 posted on 09/29/2006 9:12:57 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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