Consecrate Your Home to St. Michael the Archangel

St Michael Vatican

On July 5, 2013, Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel’s protection, saying:

“We are not alone on the journey or in the trials of life, we are accompanied and supported by the Angels of God, who offer, so to speak, their wings to help us overcome so many dangers, in order to fly high compared to those realities that can weigh down our lives or drag us down. In consecrating Vatican City State to St. Michael the Archangel, I ask him to defend us from the evil one and banish him.” (Read full text here.)

St. Michael the Archangel appears in the book of Revelation where he leads the armies of God in battle against the forces of evil. Hebrew for “Who is like unto God,” Michael is typically depicted with a sword, scales, banner, and an incumbent dragon. He is a symbol of victory over evil; a reminder that we Christians will always struggle with the forces of evil in the world.

To combat these forces, many pray the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel daily. The history of the prayer is a compelling call to action. After having a frightening vision of attacks on the Church, Pope Leo XIII wrote the prayer, calling upon the intercession of the Archangel to protect the Church. Prior to Vatican II, the prayer was commonly said at the conclusion of all daily Masses but it fell out of favor after. In fact, I don’t recall learning it until well into my adult years. In 1994, Blessed John Paul II recommended we bring the prayer back into regular practice to strengthen the Church. And while I pray it often, given Pope Francis’s words, I pondered if I could do more.

If Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection, should Joel and I do the same for our home and family, our domestic church?

After Joel entered diaconate formation three years ago, a priest cautioned us that the Devil would pull out all stops to thwart Joel from being ordained a deacon. And sure enough, spiritual warfare occupied a place in our home throughout formation and now beyond ordination. Not to go all apocalyptic here, but I know that as we continue to grow closer to Christ and His Church, we will be tested and tempted by evil with greater intensity and regularity.

I asked one of my favorite apologists if there was such a thing as consecrating a family, the domestic church, to St. Michael the Archangel’s protection just as Pope Francis did for the Vatican. He put me in touch with the folks at Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the Work of the Holy Angels. The director, Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, shared a traditional consecration linked to St. Michael the Archangel’s ancient shrine at Monte Gargano in Italy. It’s the oldest shrine in Western Europe, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, and has been an important pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages.

Traditional Consecration Prayer 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.


Printable version of the prayer here.

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  1. Kara says

    Love love love St. Michael!! While Adam was in Iraq (at that point we were just “friends”), I’d pray the St. Michael prayer for him daily, changing the words to “St. Michael the Archangel, defend Adam in battle, be his protection. . .” When he returned and we did start dating, we chose St. Michael as the patron of our relationship. I probably pray this prayer at least five times a day! One of my favorites! On nights that we just fall into bed, it’s the one prayer we make sure we pray together. We may just have to do the consecration! Thanks!

    • says

      Lucy’s at the age where Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil, and good and evil are all fascinating to her, yet still somewhat scary and incomprehensible for her developing mind. We are slowing introducing the prayer to her, but its jarring words precipitate so many dramatic visions for her vivid imagination. If you (or anyone reading this for that matter) have thoughts about how to introduce the St. Michael prayer to young ones, we welcome ideas. For now, we pray the Guardian Angel prayer with her.

      • says

        I’ve been saying the St Micheal Prayer with the Kaboodle for years. Rachel actually learned it before I was even aware she was paying attention.

        So far, my kids haven’t seemed nervous/scared — maybe it’s more their personalities, but the mere mention of St Michael brings a resounding “YEAH!” from my crew. They love it. Swords and armor, you know.

        On the nights when I’m working, and miss bedtime with the littles, I pray this prayer over them, long after they’ve gone to sleep.

        I agree with you — we ARE going to be tried, tested and attacked. I’m sending this article on to Brett, to pray this over our home.

  2. says

    When our kids were still too young for the scariness but could understand the concept of good and evil, as well as our constant need to fight temptation, etc., I taught them about St. Michael the Archangel and they memorized just the first line of the prayer, “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.” I encouraged them to pray it anytime they were tempted or had to make a hard decision between good and bad. As they learned and understood more, we memorized the entire prayer together as a family and often pray it as a bedtime prayer. You may have noticed it is posted in almost every room of our house. I bet I pray it half a dozen times a day myself and remind the kids of it at least a time or two as well. It all depends on the maturity level of the child and how much they can handle but every little bit helps.

  3. Mary says

    I have always asked my Guardian Angel to carry messages from my heart to the Guardian Angels of people I love. It hasn’t occurred to me to pray directly to Saint Michael, as I feel too unworthy to address such an angel directly. Is it encouraged to address Saint Michael directly? I think Pope Francis is of course a person who could do so, but I feel Mary (me :-) is not worthy. ??????

    • Ursula Periasamy says

      Everyone should pray to the Archangel Michael directly. He always listen to everyone who have faith in him and God the father.

      He is always here for me and my family and I’ll always thank God for this beautiful gift he gave my family and I 8 years ago.

      So many many experiences lived with him.

      His so great. Love him so much.

    • Jeanne says

      I am 55 years of age and raised in the Catholic tradition. Of course, I had always heard of angels growing up but truthfully thought the topic was on the same level as the Easter bunny. I was also involved for a few years (in my late 20s) with the Charismatic Renewal within the Catholic church. I was also told as we try to get closer to Christ and the Holy Spirit, we must be prepared for spiritual battle. Anyway, on another topic, during the last 10 years I had developed a dependency on alcohol (wine with dinner and another glass or two later in the evening.) Every other night to every night. I had tried twice to give it up, having stopped for 8 months and then another time for 9 months. I always went back to it as a way to wind down after work. Even though it was fairly easy for me to stop–I didn’t miss it–I picked it back up again out of boredom. When I finally realized I did not want this at ALL in my life, I cried out to God the father. I then asked (for the first time in my life, mind you) St. Michael the archangel for help in this matter–to protect and defend me against the enemy. I am still sober and so grateful!

      That reminds me. Tomorrow I am going to go out and get the St. Michael’s prayer for my home. I think I’ll return to church as well.

  4. Gina says

    St Michael has always helped me in time of need. I love him so much with all my heart.
    Everyone should put their trust and faith in St Michael, he will never let you down.

    I want to thanks him so so so much for always being there for me, and my children
    when no one else was.

    I have 2 beautiful Statues of St Michael in my home. It feel like he’s always watching
    over us. I feel very special knowing he’s by our side no matter what.

    Thank you St Micheal !!!!!

  5. says

    Really timely post. This morning Karen said over coffee that she wants to memorize the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. This is not a prayer we’ve been saying in our house. We shall start. I felt compelled to read aloud the consecration prayer to St. Michael here in my office. I’m ready for battle. Thanks for a post that is immediately relevant to the times in which we live.

  6. C K M says

    3 Day Wishing Prayer To Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel & Archangel Raphael

    As Promised, i publish this prayer.

    Hope this prayer can be useful for you all. Here we go :

    1. Light 3 white Tea Light Candles on a plate and put sugar all around it (3 Candles for 1 day).

    2. Place a glass of water next to the Candles.

    3. Ask the archangels for 3 wishes: one for business, one for impossible and one for love.

    (Well, i only ask 2 wishes, wish my wishes be granted. amen.)

    4. Do this petition for three days and on the third day publish this prayer.

    5. On the fourth day, a sign will be given.

    St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael, please be with me today.
    Please hear and answer my prayers with your divine grace, intervention, and kindness, I love you all,
    please help me so that my prayer requests all come true quickly, Amen.
    [mention your request here]

    Heavenly Father, you have given us Archangels to assist us
    during our pilgrimage on earth.

    Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.

    Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly hear your voice and to teach me the truth.

    Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for
    healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.

    Help us O Lord to realize more fully the reality
    of the Archangels and their desire to serve us.

    Holy Angels pray for us. Amen.

  7. says

    I consecrate my whole family spiritually mentally emotionally physically and financial. Consecrate their homes as to keep any e il spirit that trie to enter into it and I to their lives

  8. says

    I pray and thank all the angels and sets for their protection. It is a beautiful prayer and will continue each day ones rating my home and children’s homes daily. Will be sending I. A good report soon as I believe in answered prayers.

  9. Toni H. says

    I pray to St. Michael for my healing of cancer and the pain that chemo has brought to my body. I pray that everyone will pray with me, as I pray for you. I also pray to St. Michael to heal my husband of excruciating pain he suffers as the result of someone crashing into his car. Dear St. Michael, hear and grant my petitions. In shall be eternally grateful. May our Heavenly Father, our Brother Jesus Christ, our Mother Mary, St. Michael, St. Peregrine, St. Joseph, St. Anthony, St. Jude and all the Saints and Angels hear our petitions and grant us the blessings we need.
    My heartfelt gratitude.


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