Archangel Michael Prayer
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 the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
On the surface this prayer may seem very archaic. It smacks of classic notions of fire and brimstone, and the classical Mythraic battle of good and evil. Michael is head of the heavenly hosts, and various accounts exist of the Archangel casting down Satan and fallen angels from heaven and so he is traditionally petitioned in times of spiritual need.
The prayer above was authored, dare I say channelled, by Pope Leo XIII who was shown a vision of the Devil sending spirits into the world to wreak havoc and to drive people further into darkness and oblivion. Such was the voracity of his vision, we are told that he prayed deeply and fervently for Divine intervention. The result of his prayers for deliverance for humanity, was this prayer being given to him by the Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost.
If we step back from this story and look at the time when Leo XIII was Pope, he reigned in the late Victorian period, and died just a few years into what was to become one of the bloodiest centuries in human existence. In some ways, that fact alone seems to validate the story told by Pope Leo XIII, and it lends further weight to the position that the prayer has value.
Up until the Second Vatican Council this prayer was said daily at the end of each and every catholic Mass celebrated across the world, in hopes that it would enable the Angels to step in as intercessors to help humanity. With the advent of the Second Vatican Council, the use of this prayer fell out of popular use except with those who perform exorcism or perform folk magic. This prayer is often employed by Priests and laity who encounter evil spirits or malevolent energies, and it is regularly utilised in folk magic traditions such as hoodoo.
Catholic supplies stores often carry cheap candles with the image of the Archangel Michael and the prayer above. In addition they often carry prayer cards, and other images which are fairly inexpensive. Often these religious stores are cheaper than new age businesses.
Below is a ritual you may use to connect to the Archangel Michael.
A simple ritual using the Michael Prayer
Create a meditation altar by laying out a white cloth on a table, or chest of drawers or some other surface which is safe and unlikely to be disturbed. On top of this you may wish to place a heat proof mat.
On top of the white cloth, place either a red, green or gold cloth and a picture of the Archangel Michael in the centre, towards the back of the altar. You may wish to decorate the picture with flowers.
Obtain two candles, either tea light or taper candles and suitable heat-proof holders and set the candles so that a triangle is formed with the picture of the Archangel is at the head of it.
Pour out in a clean glass, fresh spring or mineral water (the bottled kind will do) and print out the Archangel Michael Prayer. Read the prayer aloud and then place the glass of water in the centre of the triangle, and place the printed prayer under the water.
Spend time sitting and meditating with your Archangel Michael shrine. You may want to use traditional prayers such as the Hail Mary and Our Father, or you may want to write your own prayers.
When you feel you are ready, you may extinguish the candles (never leave candles burning unattended) and either dismantle the shrine, or leave it set up so you can come back and repeat the process again. However, it is important to change the water each time you meditate and at least once daily. Remove dead flowers as needed.