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Saint Michael - Help us to conquer pride and obtain humility
Saint Michael - Help us to conquer pride and obtain humility
Saint Michael - Help us to conquer pride and obtain humility
Saint Michael -Help us to conquer pride and obtain humility
 
 
 

 
 

Victorious Saint Michael (ceiling painting detail) by Anton Ranzinger and Kaspar Lessing, from 1896; Catholic parish church of Mary’s Birth, Wartenberg, District of Erding, Bavaria, Germany; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
On Michaelmas Day, September 29
by Right Reverend Bishop Richard Challoner, (1691-1781)

Consider first, that on this day, the church of God celebrates the festival of Saint Michael, and of all the heavenly host of Angels and Archangels, Cherubim and Seraphim, and the rest of the orders of blessed spirits: wherefore the devotion of this day is:

Firstly, to join with all these heavenly choirs in giving glory, praise, and thanksgiving to God, Who created these angelic spirits to glorify Him; and Who has inspired them with all unspeakable love for us; and has sent them to minister for us, in order to our receiving the inheritance of salvation, (Heb. i. 14. 2). We ought on this day to congratulate with these heavenly citizens, and their great leader Saint Michael, these friends of God, and of ours; and to rejoice in their eternal happiness.

Secondly, we ought to associate ourselves with them, in order jointly to promote the common cause of our common Master; that is, the greater glory of God, and the advancement of His divine service and love; and with them to fight His battles against the devil and his rebel angels. O, Christians, how happy, how glorious is this cause in which both we and they are engaged! And how advantageous is it for us to have such auxiliaries in this great warfare!

Consider Thirdly, what lessons we have to learn from the behavior of these blessed spirits, from the first moment of their creation; and what we are to imitate in them. They no sooner received their being, but they turned to their Creator by adoration and love; and dedicated themselves eternally to Him.

We were made for the same end as they were that is, to glorify God; and, like them, were strictly obliged to turn to our Creator, as soon as we were capable of knowing him; and to dedicate our whole being to His love and service. But have we done so?

Have we not rather, like Lucifer, and his associates, turned away from God, at our first coming to the use of reason, and preferred every empty toy before Him? The good Angels are perpetually attentive to God, wheresoever they are, or whatever they are about; their eye and their heart is always upon Him; they are perpetually jealous of His honor, and ever laboring to procure, not their own glory, but the glory of their great king.

Do we imitate them? Is the eye of our soul turned towards God in all our employments? Are we always seeking His greater glory? If so, like the Angels, wheresoever we are, and whatsoever we are doing, we shall in some measure have heaven with us, even here upon earth.

Consider Fourthly, from the gospel of this day, (St. Matt, xviii.) what kind of exercises of virtue are to bring us effectually to the eternal society of the Angels. We must be converted from the corruption of pride, which cast the devil out of heaven, and become as little children, by innocence and humility, or we shall have no share with the good Angels in the kingdom of heaven.

There is no room for pride in that blessed society: the devil is the king over all the children of pride, (Job xli. 25). There is no room there for any that willfully associate themselves with the rebels (that have been cast out from heaven); by corrupting others, or suffering themselves to be corrupted and drawn away from their allegiance; by giving or taking scandal against their own souls.

The true way to arrive at the happy company of the Angels is humility, innocence, and purity. If we would come amongst them, we must cleanse ourselves from all defilements of the flesh, and of the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, (2 Cor. vii. 1). For nothing that is defiled shall enter into that blessed city, where they dwell for ever, (Rev. xxi. 27).

Conclude so to honor Saint Michael, and all the good Angels, as to imitate their fidelity to their God; their constant attention to promote His glory; and their constant opposition to all the enterprises of His enemy. The name of Michael signifies who is like God?

Let this be your motto in all your spiritual warfare: at all times stick close to God, and He will stick close to you; prefer His honor before all other considerations; and He will speedily crush Satan under your feet: yea, He will enable you to walk upon the asp and upon the basilisk, and to tread upon the lion and the dragon, (Ps. xc.) and nothing shall have power to hurt you.



 
On Michaelmas Day, September 29
by Right Reverend Bishop Richard Challoner, (1691-1781)

Consider first, that on this day, the church of God celebrates the festival of Saint Michael, and of all the heavenly host of Angels and Archangels, Cherubim and Seraphim, and the rest of the orders of blessed spirits: wherefore the devotion of this day is:

Firstly, to join with all these heavenly choirs in giving glory, praise, and thanksgiving to God, Who created these angelic spirits to glorify Him; and Who has inspired them with all unspeakable love for us; and has sent them to minister for us, in order to our receiving the inheritance of salvation, (Heb. i. 14. 2). We ought on this day to congratulate with these heavenly citizens, and their great leader Saint Michael, these friends of God, and of ours; and to rejoice in their eternal happiness.

Secondly, we ought to associate ourselves with them, in order jointly to promote the common cause of our common Master; that is, the greater glory of God, and the advancement of His divine service and love; and with them to fight His battles against the devil and his rebel angels. O, Christians, how happy, how glorious is this cause in which both we and they are engaged! And how advantageous is it for us to have such auxiliaries in this great warfare!

Consider Thirdly, what lessons we have to learn from the behavior of these blessed spirits, from the first moment of their creation; and what we are to imitate in them. They no sooner received their being, but they turned to their Creator by adoration and love; and dedicated themselves eternally to Him.

We were made for the same end as they were that is, to glorify God; and, like them, were strictly obliged to turn to our Creator, as soon as we were capable of knowing him; and to dedicate our whole being to His love and service. But have we done so?

Have we not rather, like Lucifer, and his associates, turned away from God, at our first coming to the use of reason, and preferred every empty toy before Him? The good Angels are perpetually attentive to God, wheresoever they are, or whatever they are about; their eye and their heart is always upon Him; they are perpetually jealous of His honor, and ever laboring to procure, not their own glory, but the glory of their great king.

Do we imitate them? Is the eye of our soul turned towards God in all our employments? Are we always seeking His greater glory? If so, like the Angels, wheresoever we are, and whatsoever we are doing, we shall in some measure have heaven with us, even here upon earth.

Consider Fourthly, from the gospel of this day, (St. Matt, xviii.) what kind of exercises of virtue are to bring us effectually to the eternal society of the Angels. We must be converted from the corruption of pride, which cast the devil out of heaven, and become as little children, by innocence and humility, or we shall have no share with the good Angels in the kingdom of heaven.

There is no room for pride in that blessed society: the devil is the king over all the children of pride, (Job xli. 25). There is no room there for any that willfully associate themselves with the rebels (that have been cast out from heaven); by corrupting others, or suffering themselves to be corrupted and drawn away from their allegiance; by giving or taking scandal against their own souls.

The true way to arrive at the happy company of the Angels is humility, innocence, and purity. If we would come amongst them, we must cleanse ourselves from all defilements of the flesh, and of the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, (2 Cor. vii. 1). For nothing that is defiled shall enter into that blessed city, where they dwell for ever, (Rev. xxi. 27).

Conclude so to honor Saint Michael, and all the good Angels, as to imitate their fidelity to their God; their constant attention to promote His glory; and their constant opposition to all the enterprises of His enemy. The name of Michael signifies who is like God?

Let this be your motto in all your spiritual warfare: at all times stick close to God, and He will stick close to you; prefer His honor before all other considerations; and He will speedily crush Satan under your feet: yea, He will enable you to walk upon the asp and upon the basilisk, and to tread upon the lion and the dragon, (Ps. xc.) and nothing shall have power to hurt you.



 
 
 

 
 

Saint Michael, Vanquisher by Marco Pino (1521-1583); sanmiguelarcangel.net
 
 
Act of Consecration to Saint Michael Archangel

O Saint Michael Archangel, 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, desiring to be numbered among thy devoted servants, I, today offer and consecrate myself to thee, and place myself, my family and all I possess under thy most powerful protection.

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

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies, particularly in the last moments of my life. Come then, O Glorious Prince, succor me in my last struggle. With thy powerful weapon cast far from me and into the infernal abyss that prevaricator and proud angel that thou prostrated in the celestial battle.

Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battles so that we may not perish in the Last Judgment. Amen


 
Act of Consecration to Saint Michael Archangel

O Saint Michael Archangel, 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, desiring to be numbered among thy devoted servants, I, today offer and consecrate myself to thee, and place myself, my family and all I possess under thy most powerful protection.

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

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies, particularly in the last moments of my life. Come then, O Glorious Prince, succor me in my last struggle. With thy powerful weapon cast far from me and into the infernal abyss that prevaricator and proud angel that thou prostrated in the celestial battle.

Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battles so that we may not perish in the Last Judgment. Amen


 
 
 
 
 
 
September 29 (Traditional) - Saint Michael - Help us to conquer pride and obtain humility - Act of Consecration to Saint Michael Archangel
 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

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

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

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

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.