Original Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886

English version
Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven. Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit…”that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Rev 20:2-3).
Latin version
Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in prœlio advérsus príncipes et potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum, contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus. Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio magno. Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna felicitáte locándas. Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae nocére. Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat ámplius gentes.
Amen.
Note: This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.
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Original Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886

English version

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven. Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit…”that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Rev 20:2-3).

Latin version

Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in prœlio advérsus príncipes et potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum, contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus. Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio magno. Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna felicitáte locándas. Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae nocére. Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat ámplius gentes.

Amen.

Note: This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.

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Pray the Angelus!

For over 700 years, Catholics have stopped whatever they were doing and prayed the Angelus at 6:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 6:00 pm

The Angelus is an invitation to meditation on the Incarnation, and what better day to make this prayer a holy habit as part of your everyday life than on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord!  It is a prayer and a tradition that should be revived and particularly taught to our youth.  Since Catholics all over the world pray the Angelus at exactly the same time (well, at least those Catholics in your time zone), our prayers are joined and rise up to heaven, crying to God together.

In remembering Our Lord’s Incarnation at these hours, we are sanctifying our routine, our everyday lives, making our time holy.  Similar to our Muslim brothers and sisters, praying the Angelus would also be a sign of unity among Catholics.

One of the reasons that churches were built with bell towers or free standing campaniles is to mark time, to cry out over the cities and fields, “Come to Mass” or “Come, let us pray the Angelus!” 

There is a famous picture of two young farm workers by Jean-Francois Millet who stop in the middle of a potato field and recite this traditional prayer, reflecting on the Incarnation as they hear the Angelus bells ringing from the church in the distance.  I hear that in the Philippines, activity stops in the shopping malls at noon as the Angelus is prayed on the mall’s speaker system.

Sadly, since churches rarely have bells nowadays, I programmed bells to ring on my phone everyday at noon.  It’s almost like being in the plaza of some European village (not really.  *sigh*).  Anyway, it helps me to offer than hour to the Lord and to sanctify my day.  Hopefully, once we reincorporate the Angelus back into Catholic culture, then maybe we can work on bringing back the bells.  

Lastly, it is customary to genuflect at the line, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.”  It’s the same reason why we bow (or kneel) during the creed when we pray, “…by the power of the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.”

In doing so, we recognize the decisive moment in human history when the Messiah, the Word of God took on our human body, we honor God, and acknowledge our unworthiness for such a gift as the Son of God who came to save us from our sins while we were still sinners.

It is how Catholics respond to and proclaim John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.”

V/.  The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

 R/.  And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

             [Hail Mary…]

 V/.  Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

 R/.  May it be done unto me according to thy word.

             [Hail Mary…]

 (Genuflect)

V/.  And the Word was made flesh.

R/.  And dwelt amongst us.

            [Hail Mary…]

V/.  Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R/.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V/.  Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Then, it is customary to pray 3 Glory Be’s and the following:

V/.  May the Divine assistance remain always with us.

R/.  And may all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Prayer of Petition and Offering to St. Joseph

Bless me, O dearly beloved Father, St. Joseph; bless my body and my soul; bless my resolutions, my words and deeds, all my actions and omissions, my every step.  Bless all that I possess, all my interior and exterior goods, that all may redound to the greater honor of God. Bless me for time and eternity, and preserve me from every sin. Obtain for me the grace to make atonement for all my sins by love and contrition here on earth, so that after my last breath I may, without delay, prostrate at your feet in Heaven and thank you for all the love and goodness that you, O dearest Father, have shown me.  Amen!

Prayer of Petition and Offering to St. Joseph

Bless me, O dearly beloved Father, St. Joseph; bless my body and my soul; bless my resolutions, my words and deeds, all my actions and omissions, my every step.  Bless all that I possess, all my interior and exterior goods, that all may redound to the greater honor of God. Bless me for time and eternity, and preserve me from every sin. Obtain for me the grace to make atonement for all my sins by love and contrition here on earth, so that after my last breath I may, without delay, prostrate at your feet in Heaven and thank you for all the love and goodness that you, O dearest Father, have shown me.  Amen!

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!
Prayer for the Church Militant
O Glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family. You have been chosen by Christ’s Vicar as the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church founded by Jesus.  I confidently implore your powerful aid for all the Church Militant on earth.  Shield with your fatherly love the Sovereign Pontiff and all bishops and priests united with the Holy See of Peter.  Defend all who labor for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life; and grant that all peoples of the world may submit themselves in a docile spirit to the Church which is the ark of salvation for all men.  Amen.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

Prayer for the Church Militant

O Glorious Saint Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family. You have been chosen by Christ’s Vicar as the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church founded by Jesus.  I confidently implore your powerful aid for all the Church Militant on earth.  Shield with your fatherly love the Sovereign Pontiff and all bishops and priests united with the Holy See of Peter.  Defend all who labor for souls amid the trials and tribulations of this life; and grant that all peoples of the world may submit themselves in a docile spirit to the Church which is the ark of salvation for all men.  Amen.

Coronation of St. Joseph
Prayer of Confidence to St. Joseph
With childlike confidence I present myself before you, O holy St. Joseph, faithful foster father of Jesus! I beg for your compassionate intercession and support in these, my present necessities. 
I firmly believe that you are most powerful near the throne of God, Who chose you for the foster father of His well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ. O blessed Saint, who saved that Treasure of Heaven, with His virginal Mother, from the fury of His enemies, who with untiring industry supplied His earthly wants, and with paternal care accompanied and protected Him in all the journeys of His childhood, take me also, for the love of Jesus, as your child. Assist me in my present difficulties with you prayers before God. The infinite goodness of our Savior, Who loved and honored you as His earthly father, cannot refuse you any request now in Heaven.  How many pious souls have asked for your help and have joyfully experienced how good, and how ready you are to assist. How quickly you turn to those who call upon you with confidence! How powerful you are in bringing help and restoring joy to anxious and dejected hearts! 
 Therefore, do I fly to you, O most worthy father of Jesus, most chaste spouse of Mary! Good St. Joseph, I pray that by the burning love you had for Jesus and Mary upon earth, you may console me in my distress and present my petitions, through Jesus and Mary, before the Throne of God! One word from you will move Him to assist my afflicted soul. Then most joyfully shall I praise God and you, and more heartfelt shall be my thanksgiving! Amen.

Coronation of St. Joseph

Prayer of Confidence to St. Joseph

With childlike confidence I present myself before you, O holy St. Joseph, faithful foster father of Jesus! I beg for your compassionate intercession and support in these, my present necessities.

I firmly believe that you are most powerful near the throne of God, Who chose you for the foster father of His well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ. O blessed Saint, who saved that Treasure of Heaven, with His virginal Mother, from the fury of His enemies, who with untiring industry supplied His earthly wants, and with paternal care accompanied and protected Him in all the journeys of His childhood, take me also, for the love of Jesus, as your child. Assist me in my present difficulties with you prayers before God. The infinite goodness of our Savior, Who loved and honored you as His earthly father, cannot refuse you any request now in Heaven.  How many pious souls have asked for your help and have joyfully experienced how good, and how ready you are to assist. How quickly you turn to those who call upon you with confidence! How powerful you are in bringing help and restoring joy to anxious and dejected hearts!

 Therefore, do I fly to you, O most worthy father of Jesus, most chaste spouse of Mary! Good St. Joseph, I pray that by the burning love you had for Jesus and Mary upon earth, you may console me in my distress and present my petitions, through Jesus and Mary, before the Throne of God! One word from you will move Him to assist my afflicted soul. Then most joyfully shall I praise God and you, and more heartfelt shall be my thanksgiving! Amen.

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.  O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name, and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.  St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.  Amen.

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.  O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name, and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.  St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.  Amen.

Remember, O most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, my loving protector, that never has it been heard that anyone invoked thy patronage and sought thine aid without being comforted. Confident, therefore, in thy goodness, I come before thee and fervently commend myself to thee. Despise not my petitions, dear foster father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen. — Memorare to St. Joseph
Consecration to St. Joseph

O Dearest St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to thy honor and give myself to thee, that thou may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation.  Obtain for me a great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life.  After thine example, may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  And do thou, O blessed St. Joseph, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of thy holy death.  Amen!

Consecration to St. Joseph

O Dearest St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to thy honor and give myself to thee, that thou may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation.  Obtain for me a great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life.  After thine example, may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary!  And do thou, O blessed St. Joseph, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of thy holy death.  Amen!

HAPPY SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY!!!
Prayer for Purity
O Guardian of Virgins and holy Father St. Joseph, into whose faithful keeping were entrusted Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, I pray and beseech thee by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life.  Amen.

HAPPY SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY!!!

Prayer for Purity

O Guardian of Virgins and holy Father St. Joseph, into whose faithful keeping were entrusted Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, I pray and beseech thee by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life.  Amen.

Since yesterday was the first Wednesday of St. Joseph’s month, here is a pic of our beloved Guardian and Father.  His feast day is March 19th, and I begin my annual novena (to my co-patron saint) this Saturday.  So, let me know if you have any prayer intentions that I can recommend to the most just heart of Joseph, on which the Infant Jesus would often rest His head.
In all necessities, Ite ad Ioseph (“Go to Joseph”, Genesis 41:55), for he is very kind and powerful.  I have no doubt that he who provided for the needs of Jesus and Mary will surely also give you his aid and protection.
(Photo from the Carmelite House of Prayer in Oakville, CA.  If you live near [or are visiting] the Napa Valley, stop by this beautiful Carmelite chapel and gardens.  And there’s usually a priest available to hear confessions.)

Since yesterday was the first Wednesday of St. Joseph’s month, here is a pic of our beloved Guardian and Father.  His feast day is March 19th, and I begin my annual novena (to my co-patron saint) this Saturday.  So, let me know if you have any prayer intentions that I can recommend to the most just heart of Joseph, on which the Infant Jesus would often rest His head.

In all necessities, Ite ad Ioseph (“Go to Joseph”, Genesis 41:55), for he is very kind and powerful.  I have no doubt that he who provided for the needs of Jesus and Mary will surely also give you his aid and protection.

(Photo from the Carmelite House of Prayer in Oakville, CA.  If you live near [or are visiting] the Napa Valley, stop by this beautiful Carmelite chapel and gardens.  And there’s usually a priest available to hear confessions.)

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You. The Angel of Peace to the shepherd children of Fatima.  Please pray this prayer 3 times in reparation and for the return of the consecrated Host Who was recently stolen from the chapel of perpetual adoration in the Diocese of Orizaba.

Here is a video of a Eucharistic Procession in the Archdiocese of Omaha to honor Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, especially in light of an article I recently posted about a sad event in Mexico:  Robbers Steal Monstrance with Eucharist.  May this tragedy lead us to increase our faith and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Let us remember that Our Eucharistic Lord has been greatly disrespected to say the least and possibly may have even been intentionally desecrated.  Thus, I ask you to offer (3 times) with me this prayer that the Angel of Peace taught to the  shepherd children at Fatima:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not  love You.

I’m going to San Francisco this Saturday for the Walk for Life West Coast.  Please join us in prayer for the protection all pre-born babies, for mothers in difficult situations who are thinking about having an abortion, and for the conversion of minds and hearts, particularly of doctors who perform abortions, goverment leaders who favor abortion rights, and all those we may encounter who disagree with us. 
In all things, charity.
All life, from the tiny fetus (Latin for “little one”) in the womb to the loud protesters urging us to keep our rosaries out of their ovaries, has intrinsic dignity, value, and worth.  Each one of us is loved from the moment of our conception; despite our faults and even throughout the sufferings which we endure, we are loved.

I’m going to San Francisco this Saturday for the Walk for Life West Coast.  Please join us in prayer for the protection all pre-born babies, for mothers in difficult situations who are thinking about having an abortion, and for the conversion of minds and hearts, particularly of doctors who perform abortions, goverment leaders who favor abortion rights, and all those we may encounter who disagree with us. 

In all things, charity.

All life, from the tiny fetus (Latin for “little one”) in the womb to the loud protesters urging us to keep our rosaries out of their ovaries, has intrinsic dignity, value, and worth.  Each one of us is loved from the moment of our conception; despite our faults and even throughout the sufferings which we endure, we are loved.