A Litany to St. Michael

A Litany to St. Michaelst-michaelrublev

Chief Captain of the Angels,
pray for us

Angel of fiery appearance,
pray for us

Angel of miraculous beauty,
pray for us

First-formed star of the world,
pray for us

Traverser of Creation,
pray for us

Fulfiller of the Creator’s commands,
pray for us

Mighty and powerful,
pray for us

Minister, spirit, and flaming fire,
pray for us

Leader of the thrice-holy hymn,
pray for us

Greatest of Archangels,
pray for us

Commander of the heavenly powers,
pray for us

Protector from assaults of the devil,
pray for us

Purity of thought,
pray for us

Minister of glory,
pray for us

In robes white as light,
pray for us

Kindling the fire of God upon earth,
pray for us

Bestower of enlightenment,
pray for us

Singer of the victory hymn,
pray for us

Illuminator of our way,
pray for us

First in boldness,
pray for us

Witness of the mysteries of God,
pray for us

Witness of inexpressible things,
pray for us

Who attends the counsels of the Trinity,
pray for us

Who fulfills the judgements of the Trinity,
pray for us

Minister of divine radiance,
pray for us

Deliverer from oppression,
pray for us

Deliverer from sorrow,
pray for us

Deliverer from sickness,
pray for us

Deliverer from sin,
pray for us

First of the Angels,
pray for us

Watcher and keeper of the human race,
pray for us

Who crushed the proud head of Lucifer,
pray for us

Who bound him in shame forever,
pray for us

Firm rampart and shield indestructible,
pray for us

Who guards us with a sword of lightning,
pray for us

Wise counsellor,
pray for us

Companion of all Christians,
pray for us

Bringer of enlightenment,
pray for us

Bringer of strength,
pray for us

Bringer of joy,
pray for us

Bringer of peace,
pray for us

Bringer of consolation,
pray for us

Leader and fellow-fighter in battle,
pray for us

Enlightener of those in doubt and perplexity,
pray for us

Deliverer from false attacks,
pray for us

Mighty rampart of God’s Holy Church,
pray for us

Whom God sends to serve his people,
pray for us

Who subdues the tumultuous elements,
pray for us

Who dispels evil intentions,
pray for us

Who brings the cruel to justice,
pray for us

Who brings unbelievers to truth,
pray for us

Deliverer from distress and mishap,
pray for us

Deliverer from sins and evil habits,
pray for us

Strength of Christians who suffer and struggle,
pray for us

Who clothes the weak in the armor of faith,
pray for us

Who raises God’s humble servants to heights of power,
pray for us

Who will cast sinners like tares into the lake of fire,
pray for us

Who will lead the righteous to mansions of our Father,
pray for us

St Michael, illumine our minds with the light of God that shines upon your lightning-like brow. You show to all who fight against us that God and His holy Angels are with us.

Pray that we receive the spirit of true repentance. At the hour of death, lead us to the habitations of Paradise, where there is neither sadness nor sighing, but life without end, where we may see the light-filled face of our all-good Lord and Master, and falling at his feet with tears, cry out in joy and gladness:

Glory to You, our dear Redeemer, who in your great love sent us your Angel Michael as a minister of our salvation.

Frederica Matthewes-Green

About Frederica Matthewes-Green

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author who has published 10 books and 800 essays, in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), a columnist for the Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today, and a podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. (She was also a consultant for Veggie Tales.) She has published 10 books, and has appeared as a speaker over 600 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont, and received a Doctor of Letters (honorary) from King University. She has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues like PrimeTime Live, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

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One comment:

  1. It's a long time ago that I subscribed to your mailing list & site – I think 10 years or so. I was still Christian back then 😉 I could never follow up on everything but I've been reading the emails every now and then. I remember you had good, balanced thoughts on abortion, for instance (yes all abortions are violent, and no mothers who have an abortion are not inhumane, etc). Reading this prayer, of course I remember your orthodox framework of thought (framework of meaning) which runs through all of this. This ritualistic approach – the discipline, to put it in Foucaultian terminology – is also found among Catholics of course – you may perhaps have read Leah Libresco's latest book – she turned from atheist to Catholic and she loves the concept of (ritual) prayer too. I don't practice such things but I know it can be something beautiful. I like an author / thinker like the late Edith Stein, where I see the same things being worked out in very interesting ways.

    Even in Psychoanalysis (which is more my kind of thing) we know very well that the "form" of things matters a lot. The form may even reveal more about what real life really is about, more than even spirituality – or, perhaps to put it in a better way: spirituality may probably work even better when it runs through a formal matrix which brings order to things that might otherwise disappear in some emotional void without further notice or reflection.

    Well, it's good to have you around, still. Some people have the courage to always go on, one step at a time without giving up. That's a good thing, for sure.

    Take care,
    B.

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