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Holy Angels

Prayers

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V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death. Amen

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, etc.

V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, etc.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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The practice of the Angelus is a long-standing custom of Catholic piety. In some countries it is still a tradition to ring the Church bells three times a day to invite the faithful to pray the Angelus. The praying of the Angelus has always been recommended by the Church. A recent document of the Holy See states, “The Angelus Domini is the traditional form used by the faithful to commemorate the holy Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. It is used three times daily: at dawn, midday and at dusk .”1 Also Pope Benedict XVI exhorted the faithful to continue this very practical devotion to the mystery of our salvation in the post-synodal exhortation Verbum Domini wrote:

The Synod also recommended that the faithful be encouraged to pray the Angelus. This prayer, simple yet profound, allows us to commemorate daily the mystery of the Incarnate Word. It is only right that the People of God, families and communities of consecrated persons, be faithful to this Marian prayer traditionally recited at sunrise, midday and sunset. In the Angelus we ask God to grant that, through Mary’s intercession, we may imitate her in doing His will and in welcoming His word into our lives. This practice can help us to grow in an authentic love for the mystery of the Incarnation. 2

The Incarnation is the central mystery in the history of salvation. The Angelus reminds us in a simple but profound way, how God intends to bring about our salvation. By sin man had cut himself off from God and was unable to return to Him by his own capacity. Therefore, God had to come in search of man. Through the mystery of the Annunciation, God shows us the strong, deep and wise love He has for all mankind. God’s love has reached down from heaven to us and rescued us from sin and death. The path Divine Providence took is beyond our understanding and can only leave us in deep amazement. “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might have life through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:9).

What can we learn from the Divine Word and Mary for our own life? Mary was one with her Son in His obedience to the Father. According to the Letter to the Hebrews, the Eternal Word on entering the world said to the Father, “Behold, I come to do Your will, O God” (Heb 10:7). On the human side, asked by God through the angel for her loving, obedient consent to His will, Mary freely pronounced her own fiat, and thus heaven and earth met.

Pope Benedict the XVI. commented that “the ‘yes’ of the Son…and the ‘yes’ of Mary, …this double ‘yes’ becomes a single ‘yes’ and thus the Word becomes flesh in Mary. In this double ‘yes’ the obedience of the Son is embodied, and by her own ‘yes’ Mary gives Him that body.” 3 Thus she “became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.”

The same dynamic is valid for our lives, whenever we speak our fiat to God’s will whether in the fulfillment of our daily duties, or to a special call, God’s grace comes down into our souls, sanctifies us and transforms us into more perfect images of Christ, so that we can become and bring light into this world (cf. Mt 5:14). The devout praying of the Angelus allows us to enter into this holy dynamic. It will enlighten us and strengthen us through the ministry of the holy angels to say “yes” to God’s will like Mary. We are all encouraged not only to pray daily the Angelus ourselves but also to spread it in our surroundings.

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, Vatican City, 2001, n. 195.
Pope Benedict XVI., Verbum Domini, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, 2010.
Pope Benedict XVI., Homily, September 11, 2006.

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Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth
Pleni Sunt Caeli et Terra, Gloria Tua
Hosanna in excelsis
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini
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We know this prayer well; we pray it at every holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is the prayer of the angels, entirely ordered to GOD, for His glory. It has such a power that it has become a terror of demons. We can safely say: this prayer is our lay exorcism; it is the fastest and surest weapon in every temptation, in every oppression. It immediately cleans and clears the air around us. Joy, confidence, fortitude and a great love for GOD enter our hearts. All the jumble of daily life, which wants to wear us out, falls away when we pray this prayer slowly and with devotion. The Sanctus stands before us like a blazing torch, like a stake which we can drive directly into the ground: Here is GOD’s ground! Where the Sanctus stands, no demon positions himself any more; the ground is as if glowing hot for him.

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ST. MICHAEL

O glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the 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 the 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 apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still creeps about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong into the abyss together with his followers. But behold, that first enemy of mankind, and a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence.

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.

These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have laid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures.

Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the people of God against the inroads of the lost spirits and grant us the victory. Amen. (indulg. By Leo XIII, 25 Sep. 1888]


CONSECRATION TO
ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Oh most noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies, valorous warrior of Almighty God and zealous lover of His glory, terror of the rebellious angels, and love and delight of all the just angels, my beloved Archangel Saint Michael, desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants, I, today offer and consecrate myself to you, and place myself, my family, and all I possess under your most powerful protection.

I entreat you not to look at how little, I, as your servant have to offer, being only a wretched sinner, but to gaze, rather, with favorable eye at the heartfelt affection with which this offering is made, and remember that if from this day onward I am under your patronage, you must during all my life assist me, and procure for me the pardon of my many grievous offenses, and sins, the grace to love with all my heart my God, my dear Savior Jesus, and my Sweet Mother Mary, and to obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown of glory.

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies, particularly in the last moments of my life.

Come then, oh Glorious Prince, and succor me in my last struggle, and with your powerful weapon cast far from me into the infernal abysses that prevaricator and proud angel that one day you prostrated in the celestial battle. Amen.

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ST. MICHAEL

A sincere Act of Contrition

V. O God, come to my assistance
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, etc.

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.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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
to run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities,
may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

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.
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s

1 Our Father In honor of St. Michael.
1 Our Father In honor of St. Gabriel.
1 Our Father In honor of St. Raphael.
1 Our Father In honor of our Guardian Angel.

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 thy 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.

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OF THE UNITED STATES

O glorious Guardian Angel of the United States, to whom God has entrusted the care of our beloved country, we honor you and thank you for the care and protection you have given to this great nation from the first moment of its inception.

O powerful Angel Guardian, whose watchful glance encompasses this vast land from shore to shore, we know that our sins have grieved our Lord and God and marred the beauty of our heritage. Lead us to a deep conversion, so that we may return to the embrace of His merciful love!

O Holy Angel, obtain for us through the intercession of the Queen of Heaven before the throne of God the graces we need to overcome the forces of evil so rampant in our beloved land. Help us, our God-given protector and friend, to respond wholeheartedly to the urgent pleas of the Mother of God at Fatima. Assist us to offer the prayers and sacrifices necessary to bring peace and goodness to our nation.

We want to make you known and loved throughout our land, so that docile to your inspirations we may know, love and serve our Lord more faithfully and so become once more “one Nation under God”! Amen.

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