Never Failing Prayer To St. Michael
Disclaimer: I am convinced that the archangel St. Michael not only exists, but is an immensely powerful and active protective force.
Whether this is “just in my mind” or not, I can tell you I could care less because, as they say, “the proof is in the pudding.”
My life was spared three times. (I was a slow learner.)
How do I know it was St. Michael? I don’t, in that I can’t prove it to anyone else.
However, too many coincidences (along with a resonance in my heart and gut) tell me it was St. Michael who saved me in each instance.
Now, my conceit says that I was saved so I could write Prayerforce and these little blog posts.
Hah! It’s far more likely that I was spared because I wouldn’t learn my lessons if I died – plus I had a divine appointment to meet the man who would become my husband, to end his loneliness.
THE PRAYER’S ORIGINS
The prayer below comes from a woman who built St. Michael a shrine in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Located at the corner of Grand and Hope, (Grand Hope – no coincidence there) the chapel serves as a living reminder that prayers are answered. (If you visit, it’s the Shrine of Saint Michael Taxiarchis, 113 Hope Street, Tarpon Springs, FL.)
In 1939, Maria Tsalichi’s young son Steve was gravely ill. He had fallen into a coma and was expected to die.
Maria reported, afterwards, that her son had awoken and spoken (she thought he was delirious) to say, “Yes, but my mother has no money,” and then to her: ”Taxiarchis (the archangel St. Michael) wants you to build his shrine.”
As this conversation continued, Maria realized that her son’s words were coming from another place and promised to build the shrine. After her son recovered she kept her promise, although it took a lot of faith and perseverence since she was not a wealthy woman.
If you are ever in the vicinity, stop by. Light a candle, and settle into stillness. See if you can feel the singing vibration that lives there. I fall into it so deeply that I can sit there for fifty minutes in meditation (despite Florida heat and only overhead fans going) and the time flies. I come away renewed, restored and grateful.
Note that this ritual calls for you to light a candle in the chapel once a week for nine weeks. However, you need not go to Tarpon Springs for it to be effective. You can visit your own place of worship, light a candle and follow the directions there, since God and St. Michael are everywhere you believe them to be.
So what if your normal “place of worship” is in your own home?
Well, let me clarify that this is not like one of those terrible e-mails we have all gotten that gives you (what can be) a lovely image of Jesus or a prayer and then implies that if you ”follow the rules” and “pass it on” you will experience some blessing (like winning the lottery) but if you just delete it you will be struck by tragedy.
No matter how lovely the prayer or image, I delete those e-mails without sending them on, because that threatening message is toxic.
All you really need do is reverently say the prayer below every day for nine weeks.
Should it feel sacred and strengthening to visit a place of worship each Tuesday (for nine successive Tuesdays) to light a candle and leave a copy of the prayer for some other person to find, then do so, by all means.
Just don’t do it out of superstition, fear or resentful obligation.
St. Michael is God’s servant and wants to help you. All you need bring to him is a sincere and willing heart, although gratitude is always a plus, and joy is a good gift to bring him as well, if you can manage it.
However, just come as you are, be yourself, and do your best to make the moment meaningful. If you can feel as though you are communicating with the divine in a sacred moment, it doesn’t matter where you are.
People have experienced miracles, healing and revelation in jail and in the gutter. So wherever you are, and whatever you offer of yourself, is enough.
Now, finally, the prayer -
NEVER FAILING PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL
St. Michael, I resort to your protection and, in my faith, offer this light which shall burn every Tuesday.
Comfort me in my difficulties and though lodging in the house of our savior, intercede for me and my family that we will be able to hold God close to our hearts and be provided for in all of our necessities.
I beseech you to have infinite pity in regard to the favours I ask of you (name them), that I may be able to overcome all difficulties as you did the dragon at your feet.
SAY THREE (3) HAIL MARYS:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among 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.
SAY THREE (3) OUR FATHERS:
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
SAY THREE (3) GLORY BES:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, World without End. Amen.
This prayer is to be said for nine (9) Tuesdays in succession, and each Tuesday a candle shall be lighted and a copy of this prayer left in the church to help another soul in distress and support the devotion to St. Michael.
This miraculous Saint grants everything, no matter how difficult, and before the termination of the nine (9) weeks of Wednesdays.
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May You Feel God’s blessing upon you now.