Saint Michael, the Archangel!
chief and champion of the heavenly hosts;
guardian of the souls of men;
conqueror of the rebel angels!
How beautiful art thou,
in thy heaven-made armor.
We love thee,
dear Prince of Heaven!
We, thy happy clients,
yearn to enjoy thy special protection.
Obtain for us from God
a share of thy sturdy courage;
pray that we may have a strong and tender love
for our Redeemer and,
in every danger or temptation,
be invincible against the enemy of our souls.
O standard-bearer of our salvation!
Be with us in our last moments
and when our souls quit this earthly exile,
carry them safely to the judgement seat of Christ,
and may Our Lord
bid thee bear us speedily
to the kingdom of eternal bliss.
Teach us ever to repeat the sublime cry:
"Who is like unto God?"
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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