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The 9 Choirs Of Angels: The Saints And Their Guardian Angels.

The 9 Choirs Of Angels: The Saints And Their Guardian Angels.


THE 9 CHOIR OF ANGELS

The Guardian Angels:

Guardian Angels are appointed by God to watch over every soul born into the world. They are assigned that role at the moment of conception. Their ultimate function are to lead individuals to Heaven by defending them from evil, helping in prayer, suggesting good thoughts etc. The Angel acts upon the senses and the imagination, but not directly upon the will-here, human co-operation is required (Cath. Dictionary).

The ministry of Guardian Angels involves: 

First, warding off dangers to body and soul; 

Second, in preventing Satan suggesting evil thoughts, and in removing occasions of sin and helping us to overcome temptation; 

Third, in enlightening and instructing us and fostering in us holy thoughts and pious desires; 

Fourth, in offering to God our prayers and in praying for us; 

Fifth, in correcting us if we sin, 

Sixth in helping us in the agony of death, in strengthening and comforting us; 

Seventh, in conducting our souls to Heaven, or to Purgatory to console us there. Not only do they watch over us, they see in their charges, souls of priceless value since we are redeemed by the Most Precious Blood of Christ (cf. The Precious Blood and the Angels).

After God, and His Holy Mother, our Guardian Angel is our best friend. Some revelations (see Dr. Evens,’ USA) say that our Guardian Angels give God, a daily report of our activities, hardships and progress in spiritual life. Our Lady said we will be held accountable for keeping our Guardian Angels idle – by not praying to him.

According to Ancilla Domini, Guardian Angels of persons, who are called to suffer much, are very reserve companions active as other Guardian Angels. Usually they appear dressed in red and wear a small crown, while other Guardian Angels are dressed in white, with a joyful expression and a beautiful crown on their head. From the latter are assigned to innocent souls and act as servants rather than companions.

Guardian Angels of sinners have a beautiful majestic bearing. Their garments are of a deep red colour, with a crown on their head, their arms folded across the breasts and their faces turned upward towards Heaven, with an imploring and painful expression, indicating how greatly a mortal sin offend God. Holy souls who live in unchristian surroundings (e.g. northern Nigeria Christians) and those with special missions, receive special Angels from God.

Ancilla Domini stated that, our Guardian Angels will forever be our companion in Heaven, as their joy is greatly increased when the one they guide, make it to Heaven. That is not to say that Guardian Angels of lost souls are deprived of joy. No. they enter Heaven and have their share of joy. God in His justice increases their joy and assigns them to the special Guard of the Queen of Angels-Regina Angelorum.

The Guardian Angels of children are exceedingly lovely. Their garments are light blue, decorated with pearls, and a wreath of beautiful everlasting roses surround the head, with hands always folded in prayer and their eyes continually directed to Heaven. 

“See that you despise not one of these little ones. For I say to you that their Angels in Heaven always see the Face of My Father who is in Heaven.” (Matt 18:10).


Pope
St. Gregory the great was informed by his Guardian Angel of God’s decision that he will become Pope. He was assisted by him as well: “Fear not, Gregory. God sent me to you to tell you that you would obtain everything you asked for through my service. As I was the cause of your being raised to the Chair of Peter, I shall also protect and preserve you in this position until death.”

An Angel Rescues the Apostles:


“And they laid hands on the Apostles and put them in the common prison. But an Angel of the Lord, by night opening the doors of the prison and leading them out said: 
Go, stand and speak in the Temple to the people all the words of this life.” (Acts 5:18-20).

St. Peter deliverance by an Angel:

“Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between the two soldiers, bound with two chains and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shunned in the room. And he striking Peter on the side, raised him up saying: ‘Arise quickly.’ And the chains fell off from his hands. And the Angel said to him: Gird thyself and put on thy scandals. And he did so. And he said to him cast thy garment about thee and follow me’. And going out he followed him. And he knew not that it was true which was done by the Angel: but thought he saw a vision. And passing through the first and the second, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them. And going out they passed through one street. And immediately the Angel departed from him.” (Acts 12:5-10).

St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelic Doctor

The Angelic Doctor was locked up in captivity for a year because his family wanted him to be a Benedictine, rather than, the ‘despised’ Dominican he wanted to be. They went as far as bringing an evil woman into his chamber in order to make him unchaste. But the Saint drove her away with a flaming brand. 

He then prayed for perpetual chastity. In prayer, he fell into ecstacy, two Angels appeared to him and girded him in perpetual chastity with a miraculous cord saying: “We have come from God to invest thee with the girdle of perpetual chastity. The Lord has heard thy prayer and that which human fraility can never merit is ensured to thee by the irrevocable gift of God.” The Angels tied him so tightly that he screamed. He kept this event secret and only revealed it to his Confessor on his death bed. Since then, the spirit of darkness have never approached him. During this captivity, he memorized the entire Bible, and other four Books – the Sentences, the theological book of the time. Priests who are devoted to him tie a cord and recite 15 Hail Marys daily for Purity. The Cord, the Angels tied him, he wore till death. It is still preserved at the convent of Chieri in Piedmont.

St. Francis de Sales noticed that a newly ordained priest hesitated before a door, as if to let someone pass before him. On questioning, the young priest replied: “God favours me with the sight of my Guardian Angel. Before I was ordained to the holy priesthood, my Angel has remained by my right and preceded me. Now he walks at the left and refuses to go before me.” This is because of his priestly dignity.

St. Gemma Galgani’s Guardian Angel often helps her to deliver her letters! 

Abraham entertained Angels. Lot too. They foretold Isaac’s birth and delivered Lot from the destruction that befell Sodom and Gomorah (Gen 18 and 19). An Angel ordered Agar to return to her mistress (Gen 16:7-9) and prevented Abraham from sacrificing Isaac (Gen 22:11-13).

Both St. Clement and St. Gregory the great and many great writers say that every country, every city, every town and village, every parish and family has a special Guardian Angel. 

For instance St. Francis Xavier was known to invoke the Guardian Angel of every country and city in which he preached the holy Gospel, and always commended new congregations he won to the Faith, to the protection of the holy Angels. Two Angel warriors repelled the Saxons when they invaded a Church dedicated to St. Boniface, as they appeared in wonderous beauty and strength!

St. Rose of Lima, who lived a life of sanctity, and many Saints saw and spoke with their Guardian Angels.

To the Precious Blood Seer, Our Lady told this: “…Children, you have Guardian Angels, but you do not believe in their loving and caring presence. I mean the Pentecostal churches. This makes them claim to see more of evil spirits than their Guardian Angels who are sent to defend them. The Presence of your God which is everywhere, cannot be recognized by them. The war, which the heavenly Army fights day and night is what they claim to be doing by shouting. The evil one can only be bechased out from one place to another.

This is what the heavenly Army is doing for you. Only in the Reign of Glory shall the evil spirits be chained for years, before their final destruction at the end of the world. The evil spirits are in the world as air is in the world, so also the Angels of peace. The evil spirits have no power over the holy ones. Learn these things and escape from the bondage of fear caused in the world by the Pentecostals. I have told you that your victory comes from the power of humility and the fire of purity. Attached to the world is a restless man.

Learn today that your God cares for you. He sees your movements. His Angels are beside you. You are to know this and talk to your Guardian Angel. No power of darkness is stronger than your Guardian Angel. He has power to rescue you from all troubles, if only you will remain pure and be a friend of your God… The battle is not yours. You are not the defender of your lives. Take the simple prayer of the Church against evil spirits, it is enough. Say your normal prayers and spend more time in adoration. You will find peace.

This Pentecostal world has come to drive the whole world into the error of faithlessness. They have come to put the world into the bondage of fear. They have come to put off the holy adoration to God and replace it with noisy gatherings. My deepest sorrow is that the Holy Church of My Son has being enveloped in these errors.” (Our Lady 11/1/02).

If for a good reason, you are unable to attend Mass, you can send your Guardian Angel to attend Mass on your behalf and enable you get the grace. The Church has always had a prayer for that:

Send Your Guardian Angel to Holy Mass:

O holy Angel at my side, Go to Church for me. Kneel in my place at Holy Mass where I desire to be. At offertory, in my stead. Take all I am and own. And place it as a sacrifice upon the altar throne. At holy consecration’s bell, adore with Seraph’s love My Jesus hidden in the Host come down from heaven above. Then pray for those I dearly love, and those who cause me grief. That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts and suffering souls relieve. And when the priest Communion takes, Oh, bring my Lord to me. That His sweet Heart may rest on mine. And I His Temple be. Pray that this Sacrifice Divine may mankind’s sins efface. Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home, the pledge of every grace. Amen. Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom Gods love commits us here, ever this day/night, be at my side, to light guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
 

Jesus
says: “… if the flesh draws the soul, the soul will tend towards evil and grow weak. The power for righteous will begin to diminish. If nothing helps the soul to rise, the soul will eventually reach the zero point. At this point, all the spiritual beauty and strength will have gone. This is the rotten stage of the souls. The Angels call the being, the Rotten Being. This is true because, in such a being diffuses the rotten smell of iniquity. Oh no wonder why My Angels stay far from such a Being! His character is evil; his words are rotten, his thoughts are rotten as well. He gives out the rotten smell of iniquity, which scares my Angels away” (Jesus to the Precious Blood Seer 26/7/02).

“I saw that whenever an Angel withdraws, a demon steps in”. (Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich).

“Try to understand that God knows all about you. He hears you, sees you, know you. Each person is considered separately by God as a unique person with unique ways and interests. Do not think that God does not pay attention to you or know you. He knows you better than you do yourself. For billions of people with souls, He chooses a Guardian Angel and that Angel reports continually to God about you. Sometimes it is painful for the Angel to report, but He does so as God requires. But God knows all the Angel says before He says it. God knows all about everything…. He hears your cries for help and your Guardian Angels explain all in your lives to Him continually. Yes, it is hard life He seeks from some of you.” (Our Lady and St. Joseph to Dr. Evens).

The Angels, specially so called, close the last Choir of the Spirits of light. They are the ordinary messengers sent to men and from their ranks our own Guardian Angels are usually chosen. They mirror in a very particular way the goodness of God toward us. They are ever ready to go wherever the Will of God sends them, and they minister to all, just and sinner alike. They have a true sense of values and they know that to serve God in any capacity is a very great honor. Let us frequently invoke their help as they are most happy to be of service to us, as they are our lifelong companions.

There are other Angels given to individuals whom God assigns specific or crucial tasks or mission. Such individuals receive the Angels in addition to their Guardian Angels.

Most holy Angels be ever for us the Guardians of our safety and salvation, and since we were redeemed by the Divine Blood, obtain for us the grace of final perseverance.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen.

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (5).

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (5).


Continued 

The four-winged Angels- the Elohim, who distribute God’s graces, are Ss. Raphiel (not Raphael), Etophiel, Salathiel, and Em­manuel.

*There is much greater Order even among the bad spirits and demons than there is on earth. Whenever an Angel withdraws, a devil steps instantly into his place and begins his own work.

Great order reigns also among the planetary spirits, who are fallen spirits, but not devils. They are very, very different from devils. They go to and fro between the earth and the nine spheres. In one of these spheres they are sad and melancholy; in another, impetuous and violent; in a third, light and giddy; in a fourth, stingy, parsimonious, miserly, etc. They exert an influence over the whole earth, over every man from his birth, and they form cer­tain orders and associations. 

In the planets I saw forms re­sembling plants and trees, but light and unsubstantial, like mushrooms. There are, also, waters on them, some clear as crystal, others muddy and poisonous; and it seemed to me that each planet contains a metal. The spirits make use of fruits adapted to their own nature. Some are an occasion of good, inasmuch as man himself directs their influence to good. Not all the heavenly- bodies are inhabited, some are only gardens or storehouses for certain fruits and influences, I see places in which are souls who, although not Christian, yet led good lives on earth. They are now in uncertainty, feeling that some day or other their lot will change; they are without joy or pain. Like the others, they feed upon certain fruits…

To be continued

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (2).

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (2).

continued

These nine worlds form three sections, above each of which I see great angel enthroned; the first holds a sceptre; the second, a rod; the third a sword. They wear crowns and long robes, and their breast is dec­orated with ribands. In these spheres dwell the bad spirits who at each man’s birth are associated to him by an inti­mate relation which I clearly understand, which excites my wonder, but which I cannot now explain. They are not lovely and transparent like the Angels. They shine it is true, but by an external, unsteady light, as if by re­flection. They are either slothful, indolent, fanciful, mel­ancholy, or passionate, violent, obstinate, stubborn, or frivolous, etc., – a personification of the different passions.

Among them I have remarked the same colors that I see among men in their sufferings and interior struggles and in the aureolas of the martyrs, whose passions purified by torments have been changed into colors of triumph. These spirits have something sharp, violent, and penetrating   in their countenance. They attach themselves with extraor­dinary tenacity to the human soul as insects to certain odours and plants, rousing in them all kinds of thoughts and desires. They are full of stings, of rays, of seductive charms. They themselves produce no act, no sin, but they withdraw man from the divine influence, lay him open to the world, intoxicate him with self, bind him, attach him to the earth in many ways. If he yields, he plunges into darkness, the devil then draws near and marks him with his seal: now some act, some sin, and his separation from God to effected.

I have clearly seen that mortification and fasting weaken the influence of these spirits and facilitate that of the Angels, whilst Holy Communion is the most effectual means of resisting them. I have seen that certain inclinations and aversions, certain involuntary antipathies, and espe­cially the disgust we have for certain things, such as  in­sects, reptiles, vermin, etc., have a mysterious signification, since these creatures are images of those sins and passions to which, through their connection with these spirits, we are the most exposed. I was told that when one feels dis­gust for such things, he should recall his sins and evil pro­pensities symbolized by them. I have seen such spirits presenting to people in Church all sorts of toys and trinkets, filling their heads with all sorts of thoughts and desires, whilst their Angels are busy recalling them to better things. I cannot relate these multiplied pictures…

To be continued. 

Powerful Testimonies From The Saints On The Power Of The Mass, The St. Michael Prayer And Other Legions Of Angels During Mass

Powerful Testimonies From The Saints On The Power Of The Mass, The St. Michael Prayer And Other Legions Of Angels During Mass


THE LATIN LITURGICAL BOOKS OF 1962.
The Traditional Latin Mass Prayers to St Michael, that were removed from the New Mass, at the Second Vatican Council.

 St. Michael and the Angels at Mass.

Jesus said the evil groups removed the prayers to St Michael, which is still prayed in the Traditional Mass, from the Norvus Ordo Mass, because they know the efficacy of that prayer in protecting the Church. Now read more about it here.
It is said that St. Michael presides over the worship of adoration rendered to the Most High and offers to God the prayers of the faithful symbolized by incense whose smoke rises towards Heaven. In fact, the liturgy presents St. Michael to us as the incense-bearer, standing beside the altar as our intercessor and the bearer of the Church’s prayers before the throne of God. 

An Angel of the Lord stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand, and there was given to him much incense, and the smoke of the perfumes ascended before God.” [Offertory, Mass of St. Michael].
At the beginning of Holy Mass [the Traditional Roman or Latin Mass], St Michael’s name is mentioned in the confession of faults made by the priest at the foot of the altar, and by the faithful in turn. At the offertory, in Solemn High Mass, the priest implores the blessing of the Almighty upon the oblation through the intercession of St. Michael. And during the Canon of the Mass [The Canon was obliterated in the Novus Ordo, as were several other beautiful orations, for which either nothing was supplied at all or banal prose was added.], after the Consecration, the priest prays God to command that the oblation be borne by the hands of His holy Angel to His altar on high. The Angel here referred to is doubtless the Archangel Michael. With loving solicitude he watches over the Precious Blood, that no accident may occur, and also over all the tiny particles which may fall from the consecrated Hosts at the time of Holy Communion, that they may not be lost or desecrated.
But St. Michael is not alone present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar. Christian tradition assures us that innumerable Angels also assist at Mass. St. John Chrysostom, among others, states that: 

When Mass is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless Angels who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.” Besides the guardian Angels of the faithful who are present, thousands of Heavenly spirits assist at Mass, reverently worshipping their Lord and God. With what sentiments of profound veneration do they not adore the Precious Blood being shed anew upon the altar! It is the self-same Blood that was shed on Calvary, but with this difference, that then It fell upon the ground and stones, whereas in Holy Mass, It is applied to the souls of those present. The efficacy of the Mass is so wonderful, God’s mercy and generosity are then so unlimited that there is no moment so propitious to ask for favors as when Jesus is born on the altar. The Angels know this full well and come in throngs to adore their Divine Master and make their petitions at this hour of mercy. What an example for us! Whenever we attend Holy Mass, therefore, let us unite with St. Michael and the holy Angels, “and place our offerings and petitions in their pure hands, to be presented to the Most High, that He may receive them graciously and pardon our lack of devotion for the sake of the devotion of the celestial spirits with whom we associate ourselves. It was revealed to St. Mechtilde that three thousand Angels from the choir of Thrones are ever in devout attendance around every Tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Doubtless a much greater number are present at Holy Mass, which is not merely a Sacrament but also a sacrifice.” 

And we read in the revelations of St. Bridget

One day when I was assisting at the Holy Sacrifice, I saw an immense number of Holy Angels descend and gather around the altar, contemplating the priest. They sang heavenly canticles that ravished my heart, Heaven itself seemed to be contemplating the great Sacrifice. And yet we poor mortals, blind and miserable creatures, assist at Mass with so little love, relish and respect!” 

Do Catholics ever think of this amazing truth, namely: that at Mass they are praying in the midst of thousands of God’s Angels?
Let us beg St. Michael and his Angels to impart to us a greater realization of the infinite value of the Mass, “where Christ spiritually sprinkles the souls of the faithful with His Blood.” St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi says of this spiritual sprinkling: ‘This Blood when applied to the soul, imparts to it as much dignity as if it were decked in a costly robe. It imparts such brilliance and splendor that couldst thou behold the effulgence of thy soul when sprinkled with that Blood, thou wouldst fall down to adore it.’ Happy the soul adorned with such beauty! Let us go to Holy Mass often, that we may be sprinkled with this adorable Blood and our soul arrayed in rich apparel which will render us glorious forever in the sight of the Angels and the Saints. The Catholic Church owns no greater, no more costly treasure than the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ; for a single drop of this Blood, which is united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, outweighs in value all the riches of Heaven and earth.
Let us remember also that one Mass heard during life is of more benefit to the soul than many heard for it after death, and that every Mass will go with you to Judgment and plead for pardon. They will, moreover, shorten your Purgatory and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. How pleasing to God is the frequent attendance at Mass, is well illustrated in the following gracious little story:
A poor farmer was wont to attend daily Mass for many years of his life. He was crossing the snow-covered fields one cold morning on his way to church, when he thought he heard foot-steps behind him, and turning, he saw his Angel Guardian bearing a basket full of beautiful roses which exhaled a delightful perfume. “See,” said the Angel, “these roses represent each step you have taken on the way to Mass and each rose represents also a glorious reward which awaits you in heaven. But far, far greater are the merits you have acquired from the Mass itself.”



The thought of the priceless advantages that are to be derived from devout assistance at Mass, ought to be a stimulant for us to hear it not only on Sundays, but also on week days; whenever possible. Should illness or some other serious reason prevent us from doing so, let us send our Guardian Angel in our stead with the prayer following the next section. 

  

Fittingly is the Blessed Sacrament called the “Bread of Angels,” because of the ardent love with which the Angels cherish the adorable Sacrament and the profound adoration which they render to their God hidden beneath the Sacramental veils. But this designation reminds us also of the Angelic purity which ought to adorn our hearts when we receive Holy Communion.

We ought, therefore, to think of our Guardian Angels and their incomparable purity whenever we approach the Table of the Lord, asking them to obtain for us the grace to approach the Heavenly Banquet with true purity of heart and worthy dispositions.
It is particularly when we approach the Holy Table that our Guardian Angels exercise their most watchful care over us, for here there is question of a very special homage to their most beloved Lord in the wondrous condescension of His Eucharistic state. With what glowing love they hasten to render Him their services! And yet the Holy Eucharist was instituted not for the Angels, but for men. Ought we not to be wholly abashed in contemplating the Angels’ fervor?
When we are preparing for Holy Communion, the Angels strive to awaken in us holy sentiment; they urge us to banish distractions and to repeat pious acts of contrition, longing and love. The evil spirit takes delight in disturbing us in order to hinder us from receiving Holy Communion fruitfully, for he knows that this is the fountain of all good. On this account, we often experience that just during Holy Mass and at the time of Holy Communion we are most violently assailed by distractions and temptations. But our faithful Angel also redoubles his watchfulness at this sacred time, and if we cooperate with him, he will assist us to conquer the enemy and to receive the adorable Sacrament with proper dispositions. We must also strive not to displease our good Angel by want of reverence in approaching the Holy Table.
Our holy Guardian Angels also rejoice in uniting with us in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament and during the time of Holy Mass. They do all they can to keep us from inattention and irreverence, for they are inflamed with love of God, whom they behold face to face. 

St. Francis de Sales had special devotion towards the holy Angels charged with the guardianship of the tabernacles. His veneration for these Angelic Guardians was increased by an instance which showed that these pure spirits revere not only the Sacred Species, but also the ministers who consecrate and handle them. After having conferred Holy Orders on a pious young man, St. Francis noticed that the newly ordained priest hesitated before a door as if to let someone pass before him. “Why do you pause?” asked the Saint. “God favors me with the sight of my Guardian Angel,” replied the priest. “Before I was ordained to the holy priesthood, my Angel always remained at my right and preceded me. Now he walks at the left and refuses to go before me.” Such is the great veneration which the Angelic spirits show even to God’s ministers because of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.

Prayer When Unable to Assist at Daily Mass.


Go, my Angel Guardian dear, 

To church for me——the Mass to hear. 

Go, kneel devoutly at my place 

And treasure for me every grace. 

At the Offertory time 

Please offer me to God Divine. 

All I have and all I am, 

Present it with the Precious Lamb. 

Adore for me the great Oblation. 

Pray for all I hold most dear 

Be they far or be they near. 

Remember, too, my own dear dead 

For whom Christ’s Precious Blood was shed. 

At Communion bring spiritually to me 

Christ’s flesh and blood my food to be, 

To give me strength and holy grace; 

A pledge to see Him face to face, 

And when the Holy Mass is done.

Then with His blessing, come back home.
It is related of St. Catherine of Siena, who was also favored with the visible presence of her Guardian Angel, that once while praying in the church she turned her head slightly to gratify her curiosity. Her Guardian Angel gave her so severe a look for her disrespect in the presence of the Most Holy that for several days St. Catherine was inconsolable and performed severe penance in atonement.

Blessed
Veronica of Binasco relates a similar experience: “Once,” she writes, “when, prompted by curiosity, I happened during the time of Mass to look at one of the Sisters who was kneeling near the altar, the Angel of God who is constantly beside me rebuked me with such severity that I almost fainted with terror. How threateningly he looked at me as he said, ‘Why dost thou not keep watch over thy heart? Why dost thou gaze thus curiously at thy sister? Thou hast committed no slight offense against God.’ Thus spoke the Angel, and by Christ’s command he enjoined on me a heavy penance for my fault, which for three days I bewailed with tears. Now, when I hear Mass, I never venture so much as to turn my head, for fear of incurring the displeasure of the Divine Majesty.” What a lesson for those who give free rein to their eyes in church and even talk during the time of Holy Mass! 

The Leonine Prayers.

Prayers after the Low Mass.
The Leonine Prayers were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII to be said by the priest and congregation after Low Mass. The original intention was the defense of the temporal sovereignty of the Holy See. In 1904, St. Pius X granted permission to add at the conclusion of the Leonine Prayers a threefold invocation, “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.” In 1929, Pius XI ordered that the prayers should be said for the conversion of Russia, alluding to the request of Our Lady in Fatima. They are customarily said kneeling.

After Vatican II, the prayers were no longer said. Vatican II had refused to condemn Communism, while Paul VI after his election in 1963 began to approach communist countries with the “Vatican Ostpolitik” – the policy of deténte with Communism. Since the Leonine Prayers were a reminder of Moscow’s plans for universal expansion, they were among the first things to go.

Ave
María – Hail Mary (3 times).

Ave María, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum, benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus frúctus véntris tui, Jésus. 
Sáncta María, Mater Déi, ora pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nóstrae. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Salve Regina – Hail Holy Queen

Sálve Regina, Máter misericórdiae, vita, dulcédo, et spes nóstra, sálve. Ad te clamámus, éxsules filii Evae. Ad te suspirámus geméntes et fientes in hac lacrymárum valle. Eia ergo, advocáta nóstra, illos tuos misericórdes óculos ad nos convérte. Et Jésum, benedíctum frúctum véntris tui, nóbis, post hoc exilium osténde. O clémens, o pía, o dúlcis Virgo María. Ora pro nóbis, Sáncta Déi Génitrix. Ut dígni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi. 
Orémus.

Deus, refúgium nóstrum et vírtus, pópulum ad te clamántem propítius réspice; et intercedénte gloriósa, et immaculáta Virgine Dei Genitríce María, cum beáto Joseph, ejus Spónso, ac beátis Apóstolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et ómnibus Sánctis, quas pro conversióne peccatórum, pro libertáte et exaltatióne sanctae Matris Ecclésiae, preces effúndimus, miséricors et benígnus exáudi. Per eúndum Chrístum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O pious, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let
us pray

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Sáncte Micháel Archángele, defénde nos in proélio; contra nequítiam et insídias diáboli esto praesídium. Impéret illi Deus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, Prínceps milítiae caeléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in mundo, divína virtúte in inférnum detrúde. Amen

V
. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum. 

R. Miserére nobis. 

V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum. 

R. Miserére nobis. 

V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum.

R. Miserére nobis. 

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the Devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. 

Amen. 
V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 

R. Have mercy on us. 

V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

R. Have mercy on us. 

V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 

R. Have mercy on us. 
At High Traditional Mass During Incense
ORDO MISSAEORDINARY OF THE MASSP. Per intercessionem beati Michaelis Archangeli, stantis a dextris altaris incensi, et omnium electorum suorum, incensum istud dignetur Dominus benedicere, et in odorem suavitatis accipere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

P
. Through the intercession of Blessed Michael the Archangel, standing at the right hand of the altar of incense, and of all His elect may the Lord vouchsafe to bless + this incense and to receive it in the odor of sweetness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The priest censes the offerings, the cross and the altar, saying:

ORDO
MISSAEORDINARY OF THE MASSP. Incensum istud a te benedictum, ascendat ad te, Domine, et descendat super nos misericordia tua.

P
. May this incense blessed by You, arise before You, O Lord, and may Your mercy come down upon us.
The priest incenses the altar.
ORDO MISSAEORDINARY OF THE MASSP. Dirigatur, Domine, oratio mea sicut incensum in conspectu tuo: elevatio manuum mearum sacrificium vespertinum. Pone, Domine, custodiam ori meo, et ostium circumstantiae labiis meis : ut non declinet cor meum in verba malitiae, ad excusandas excusationes in peccatis.

P
. Let my prayer, O Lord, come like incense before You; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice. O Lord, set a watch before my mouth, a guard at the door of my lips. Let not my heart incline to the evil of engaging in deeds of wickedness.
We shall read more about St. Michael, the Holy Angels in general, at Mass and other activities during this September, the month of the Angels!

St. Michael the Archangel defend us in the day of battle…

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