“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.
“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.
“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”
Roman Raccolta, July 23, 1898, supplement approved July 31, 1902, London: Burnes, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1935, 12th edition.
- Look at life as it really is, remembering that this world will pass away, while the next is eternal and that your greatest duty is to give glory to God and to save your soul.
- Love God above all things and find delight in Him alone, and for His sake love your neighbor and all God’s creatures.
- See the hands of God’s Providence in all that happens, and, with confidence, abandon yourself to His loving guidance.
- Love the Blessed Virgin Mary sincerely as your Mother and model. Pray the rosary daily.
- Hate sin, even venial sin, as the world’s greatest evil, and, thus, avoid every occasion that will lead you into it. If you should fall through human weakness, be sincerely sorry and penitent, and return to an even more intimate friendship with God through a good confession. Receive the Sacrament of Penance regularly.
- Shun the spirit of the world, despise its interests and opinions, and never conform to its ways.
- Regard Holy Mass, Holy Communion, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and liturgical functions as the most fruitful sources of your interior life, and, if you can, go to Mass and receive Communion daily.
- Perform your work for the love of God, rather than through mere natural energy and self-love.
- Devote a definite time each day to mental and vocal prayer. Do not have confidence only in your own efforts, but truly depend on God, for God is the principal agent; you are only His instrument. Therefore, work hard, as if everything depended on you; but pray harder, knowing that everything really depends upon God.
- Do not remain engaged for too long in excessive work that would leave your soul in a state of estrangement from God or render it difficult for you to raise your thoughts to God occasionally.
- Try to remain recollected and under the influence of God’s grace during your work,even if it is only by a short, yet sure, directing of your mind to Him, a simple loving movement of your heart toward Him, or by using some brief, spontaneous prayer. Be firmly convinced that you can do nothing more important for your own soul and those of others — for God’s glory and for the good of the Church — than to cultivate your interior life through the sacraments, prayer, and good works, remembering the Savior’s words: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in me.”