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Prayer To St. Michael

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 Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, Satan
 and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world
 seeking the ruin of souls. 

While I no longer identify as Catholic, I do feel that the Church can be a great resource. Case in point, the St. Michael's Catholic Church website from which the following information was taken.

The Archangel Michael, or St. Michael, ranks among the seven archangels, and is one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures (the others being the archangels, Raphael and  Gabriel). The Archangel Michael is mentioned four times by name - twice in the Hebrew Bible, and twice in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. 

The first biblical reference occurs in the Book of Daniel. In Chapter X Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In Daniel XII, Michael is called "the great prince who standeth for the children of Thy people." In these references Michael is shown to support Israel during the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity. Here, Daniel, strove to show his people that God had not forgotten them, and remind them that even in bondage they had a royal champion.

In Jude IX, we are told that Michael disputed with the devil over the body of Moses - an episode not mentioned elsewhere in the Bible.

In the Revelations (Chapter XII) we find the most dramatic reference to the archangel Michael. Here John recounts the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God. In this passage, Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the hosts of evil and drives them out. This scene been painted by many artists, and the poet Milton, in book VI of Paradise Lost, recounts the famous struggle. 

Because of this victory, the Archangel Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, as well as among many theologians in the West, Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim. He is the special patron of the sick, police officers, mariners, and grocers; in Asia Minor many curative springs were dedicated to him.  

Michael's emblems are a banner, a sword, a dragon, and scales. His name is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, "Who is like God?"

* Please note that St. Michael's Catholic Church website also offers a weekly live stream mass.

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