Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice 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 evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
This is a prayer worth memorizing. Fathers and husbands should be especially on guard against the spiritual battles going on in our homes. Our jobs are to get our wives and children to heaven, and we must bless them and pray for their protection always.
Fun Facts: This prayer written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and used to be said at the end of every Mass. That obligation has since been removed, but Catholics are still encouraged to pray it regularly on their own. In his Regina Caeli Address on Sunday 24 April 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended its use, saying:
“May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: ‘Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the last century, he brought in, throughout the Church, a special prayer to St Michael: ‘Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil…’ Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”