The Chaplet of St. Michael

09-26-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Coming up this week on September 29th is the feast day of the Archangels, Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. I always love when this feast day comes every September. The Archangels are three of the most powerful saints that intercede for us, especially St. Michael. These are also the only angels that we know of with names.

As I have written before, the chaplet of St. Michael is a powerful chaplet prayer that is separated into nine sets of three beads with one large bead between these sets and four individual beads connecting the beads with a St. Michael medal. The history of this beautiful chaplet, according to the EWTN website, goes back to the Servant of God, Antónia d’Astónac, a Carmelite nun from the 1700’s. St. Michael promised her that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine choirs of angels as he approaches Holy Communion. In addition, if you recite the chaplet daily St. Michael promised his continual assistance and that of the holy angels during your life, and after death deliverance from purgatory. The final prayer of the chaplet is particularly striking.

“O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls. Vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises. Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.”