In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Let GOD arise and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face! As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the Presence of GOD (Ps 67:1-2). Judge Thou, O Lord, them that wrong me: overthrow them that fight against me.
Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and be confounded that devise evil against me. Let them become as dust before the wind: and let the Angel of the Lord straighten them. Let their way become dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord pursue them. For without cause they have hidden their net for me unto destruction: without cause they have upbraided my soul.
Let the snare which he knows not, come upon him: and let the net which he has hidden, catch him: and into that very snare let him fall. But my soul shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall be delighted in His Salvation (Ps 34:1, 4-9).
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL:
O Most Glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in our wrestling against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph 6:12). Come to the aid of men, whom GOD created incorruptible, and to the Image of His own Likeness He made him (Wis 2:23); and from the tyranny of the devil He bought him at a great price (Cor 7:23).
Fight the battles of the Lord today with the Army of the Blessed Angels, as once thou did fight against Lucifer, the leader of pride, and his apostate angels; and they prevailed not: neither was their place found anymore in Heaven. But that great dragon was cast out, the old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who seduces the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him (Rv 12:8-9).
Behold, the ancient enemy and murderer strongly raises his head! Transformed into an angel of light, with the entire horde of wicked spirits he goes about everywhere and takes possession of the earth, so that therein he may blot out the Name of GOD and of His Christ; and steal away, afflict, and ruin into everlasting destruction, the souls destined for a Crown of Eternal Glory. On men depraved in mind and corrupt in heart the wicked dragon pours out, like a most foul river, the poison of his villany; a spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy; and the deadly breath of lust, and of all iniquities and vices. Her most crafty enemies have engulfed the Church, the Spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, with sorrows, they have drenched her with wormwood; on all her desirable things they have laid their wicked hands.
Where the See of the Blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth have been set up for the light of the world, there they have placed the throne of the abomination of their wickedness, so that, the Pastor having been struck, they may also be able to scatter the flock. Therefore, O thou unconquerable Leader, be present with the people of GOD and against the spiritual wickedness which are bursting in upon them; and bring them the victory.
The Holy Church venerates thee as its Guardian and Patron; and it glories in the fact that thou art its Defender against the wicked powers of earth and Hell. To thee the Lord has assigned the souls of the redeemed, to be placed in Heavenly bliss. Beseech the GOD of Peace to crush Satan under our feet, that he may no more be able to hold men captive and to harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may quickly come to our aid, that thou may seize the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan and that having bound him, thou may cast him into the bottomless pit, so that he may no more seduce the nations (Rv 20:3).
L. Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee away ye hostile forces.
R. The lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath conquered.
L. May Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
R. Since we have hoped in Thee.
L. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
LET US PRAY:
O GOD and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we invoke Thy Holy Name, and we humbly implore Thy mercy, that by the intercession of the Mother of GOD, Mary, Immaculate Ever Virgin, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of Blessed Joseph the Spouse of the same Blessed Virgin, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and of all the Saints, Thou wouldst deign to afford us help against Satan and all the other unclean spirits, and against whatever wanders throughout the world, to do harm to the human race and to ruin souls, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
(Pope Leo XIII, 1888, Motu proprio).
JPII ON ORIGINAL ST MICHAEL PRAYER:
“Even if this prayer is no longer recited at the end of every Mass, I ask everyone to remember it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”
- Pope John Paul II