History of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Pope Leo XIII wrote the Saint Michael prayer, printed below, in 1884, after supposedly seeing a frightening vision: evil spirits, trying to fulfill Satan’s boast to destroy our Lord’s Church within a century, were engaging in fierce attacks against it.
Although the Pontiff also saw St. Michael casting Satan (also known as the devil) and his demons back into Hell in his vision, he was so horrified by what he had seen he felt compelled to help defend our faith in this struggle.. Soon afterwards Pope Leo XIII composed the following prayer to Saint Michael:
Prayer for Saint Michael Archangel
Saint Michael 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 power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.