Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pope John Paul II "made the Strong Suggestion that the Recitation of the [Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel] be Instituted at Mass"

Saint Michael the archangel prayer , Pope John Paul II views on it
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Hi,
I was hoping you could help me with a problem I have, Im not sure were I heard it but I was told that the Pope has asked for us to pray the Saint Michael the arch angel prayer, I was hoping that our church would say the prayer after the rosary, and when asked, how do you know that he said this and were did I get my information, I really could not give them an answer. Do you know if this is indeed true and were I can get the information on more details to show the group.

Thank you and God bless you,

-- Xenia Gallo (xgallo22@aol.com), October 10, 1999

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Response to Saint Michael the archangel prayer , Pope John Paul 11 views on it
Here is an excerpt from a diocesan newpaper article written by Fr. William Saunders. Fr. Saunders is dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and pastor of Queen of Apostles Parish, both in Alexandria, Virginia: "For the greater part of this century, the faithful recited the prayer to St. Michael at the end of the Mass. Pope Leo XIII (d. 1903) had a prophetic vision of the coming century of sorrow and war. After celebrating Mass, the Holy Father was conferring with his cardinals. Suddenly, he fell to the floor. The cardinals immediately called for a doctor. No pulse was detected, and the Holy Father was feared dead. Just as suddenly, Pope Leo awoke and said, "What a horrible picture I was permitted to see!" In this vision, God gave Satan the choice of one century in which to do his worst work against the Church. The devil chose the twentieth century. So moved was the Holy Father from this vision that he composed the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: 'St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle! Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power given you by God, thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls.' Pope Leo ordered this prayer said at the conclusion of Mass in 1886. (When Pope Paul VI issued the new rite of the Mass in 1968, the prayer to St. Michael and reading of the "last gospel" at the end of the Mass were suppressed.) ...
"In the Spring of 1994, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, urged the faithful to offer the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. He also made the strong suggestion that the recitation of the prayer be instituted at Mass once again. (Note that the Holy Father did not mandate the recitation of the prayer at Mass.) Clearly, the Holy Father was responding to the grave evils we see present in our world  the sins of abortion, euthanasia, terrorism, genocide, and the like. As we approach the millennium, Satan and the other fallen angels are doing their best to lead souls to Hell. We need the help of St. Michael! For this reason, many parishes have erected a shrine in St. Michaels honor or offer the prayer at the end of Mass ..."

-- J. F. Gecik (jgecik@desc.dla.mil), January 23, 2000.

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