Playing in Peoria: The St. Michael Prayer

In 1886, concerned about the spread of communism around the world, Pope Leo XIII penned a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.  Based on the Book of Revelation’s report of a great heavenly battle (Revelation 12:7), the prayer invokes the assistance of the Archangel Michael to protect us against the evil one.  Pope Leo instructed Catholics around the world to recite this prayer after Mass. The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel was commonly recited after Mass from that time until the 1960s.  Th … [Read more...]