Oratio ad Sanctum Michaël (Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel) : The History & Power of the Prayer and How to Pray It in English & Latin

The history and power of the St. Michael prayer is fascinating and unique.

After celebrating Mass on October 13th, 1884, Pope Leo XIII seemed to go into an ecstasy at the foot of the altar (seen by the cardinals present to appear as though in a coma). When he came out of that state, he revealed that he had seen a terrifying vision of the battle between Satan and Christ’s Church. He then went to his private office and composed the Latin Oratio ad Sanctum Michaël, the Prayer to St. Michael and ordered that the Church pray that prayer immediately after each low Mass throughout the world: a decree that held until the days of Vatican II and a practice that is still common and beneficial today.

“Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood,

but against principalities and powers,

against the rulers of the world of this darkness,

against the spirits of wickedness.” (Eph 6:12)

The prayer to St. Michael is a powerful exorcism prayer that anyone can use (unlike the official exorcism prayers said only by priests). Maybe we should employ this prayer more often. Some would say that we need Divine help in this battle against the powers of darkness now more than ever. Included here are the text of the official Latin prayer by Pope Leo XIII, a literal English translation, and a video to use if you would like to hear or to learn the Latin form. I hope some of the faithful may find this helpful. Sancte Michaël Archangele, ora pro nobis!

Sancte Michaël Archangele,
defende nos in prœlio,
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli
esto præsidium.
Imperet illi Deus,
supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiæ cælestis,
Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum
pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute,
in infernum detrude.
Amen.
Saint 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 of God,
cast into hell Satan
and all the other evil spirits
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.