Consecrate Your Home to St. Michael the Archangel

St Michael Vatican

July 5, 2013, was a busy day at the Vatican. Not only did Pope Francis release his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), Pope Emeritus Benedict joined our Holy Father in the Vatican gardens for a blessing of a new St. Michael the Archangel statue. At the same time of the blessing, Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to 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 actions last Friday, I pondered if I could do, should 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 has occupied a place in our home for some time. 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.

It’s time to tell Satan to go back to Hell where he belongs.

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.

Well, here goes. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us from evil …

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. Amen.

As Joel says, “That’s one helluva prayer!” Join us?

Comments

  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.

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