Archangel Michael


There are loads of websites with Archangl St. Michael prayers and therefore our task was to present the 'correct' prayer, which is the standard St. Michael prayer.

After quite some research, we found the proper longer version in the Raccolta, edition 1903, and decided that we include that one.

The standard St. Michael the Archangel prayer is both in English and in Latin. The authentic long version longer prayer to St Michael the Archangel is only in English.

Standard Prayer to Archangel St. Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel

Pope Leo XIII

Saint Michael the 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 Divine Power of God –

cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,

who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


Sancte Michael Archángele

Pope Leo XIII

Sancte Michael Archángele,

defénde nos in prœlio;

contra nequítiam et insídias diáboli esto præsídium.

Imperet illi Deus, súpplices deprecámur;

tuque, Princeps militiae cæléstis,

Sátanam aliósque spíritus malignos,

qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in mundo,

divina virtúte in inférnum detrúde.


Prayer to St Michael the Archangel

(authentic long version)

Raccolta 1903, p. 364-366, Pope Leo XIII (1888)

His Holiness, Leo XIII., Motu Proprio, September 25, 1888,

granted to the faithful who recite the above prayer an indulgence of three hundred days, once a day.


Most glorious prince of the heavenly hosts, Archangel St. Michael, defend us in the battle and in the tremendous struggle we carry on against the Principalities and Powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness and all evil spirits. Come to the help of man, whom God created immortal, fashioned to his own image and likeness, and rescued at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. With the great army of the holy angels fight to-day the battle of the Lord as thou didst of old fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud, and his apostate angels, who were powerless against thee, and they had no longer a place in heaven ; and that monster/ the old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, that seduces the whole world, was cast into hell with his angels. But now that first enemy and homicide has regained his insolent boldness. Taking on the appearance of an angel of light, he has invaded the earth, and, with his whole train of evil spirits, he is prowling about among men, striving to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, to capture, to destroy, to drag to eternal perdition the souls destined to the crown of eternal glory. That malignant dragon is pouring abroad, like a foul stream, into the souls of men of ruined intellect and corrupt heart the poison of his wickedness, the spirit of lying, of impiety and blasphemy, the pestilent breath of impurity and of all vice and iniquity. Most cunning enemies have filled with bitterness and drenched with gall the Church, the Spouse of the Lamb without spot, and have lifted impious hands against all that is most sacred in it. Even in the holy place where the See of Blessed Peter and the chair of truth was set up to enlighten the world, they have raised the abominable throne of their impiety with the iniquitous hope that the Shepherd may be stricken and the flock scattered abroad.

Arise, then, unconquerable Prince, defend the people of God against the assaults of the reprobate spirits, and give them the victory. Holy Church reveres thee as its guardian and patron ; it glories in thee as its defender against the malignant powers of hell ; to thee God has committed the souls that are to be conveyed to the seats of the Blessed in eternal happiness. Pray, then, to the God of peace, that he may put Satan under our feet, so completely vanquished that he may no longer be able to hold men in bondage and work harm to the Church. Offer up our prayers before the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may prevent us, and lay hold of the dragon, the old serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and hurl him bound in chains into the abyss where he may no longer seduce the souls of men.



V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, fly ye hostile ranks.


R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has conquered.


V. May thy mercies, O Lord, be fulfilled in us.


R. As we have hoped in thee.


V. Lord, hear my prayer.


R. And let my cry come unto thee.


Let us pray

O God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon thy holy name and humbly beseech thy clemency, that, through the intercession of the ever immaculate Virgin and our Mother Mary, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, thou wouldst vouchsafe to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits that are prowling about the world to the great peril of the human race and the loss of souls.



St. Michael Archangel - O prince of the heavenly host

Let us pray

O prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael, thou who cast into hell proud Lucifer with all his followers, thou who art defender and protector of the Church, thou who art protector of souls departing from this world, come to the aid of the People of God and defend the Church committed unto thee against all the snares of Satan. Help my soul which I now commend to thee against this same enemy. Protect me especially at the hour of my death, so that I may be admitted to the joys of paradise where I, with all the Angels,

may praise God eternally.


Sancte Michael Archángele - O Princeps Caelestis Militiae


O princeps caelestis militiae, sancte Michael, qui superbum Luciferum cum omnibus suis asseclis in tartarum deiecisti, o defensor et protector Ecclesiae, o animarum ex hoc saeculo migrantium praeses: succurre populo Dei, defende Ecclesiam tibi commendatam contra omnes insidias satanae; adiuva animam meam contra eundem hostem constitutam, quam tibi nunc commendo. Praesertim me in hora mortis meae protege, ut ad paradisi gaudia admittar, ubi cum omnibus Angelis Deum aeternis laudibus depraedicem.


St. Michael the Archangel - ask for intercession

Let us pray
O God, and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we invoke Thy Holy Name, and we humbly implore Thy clemency so that, through the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate ever-Virgin Mother of God, of blessed Michael the Archangel, of blessed Joseph, the Spouse of the same blessed Virgin, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, Thou may deign to offer us aid against satan, and all the other unclean spirits, who wander through the world to injure the human race and to destroy souls.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Sancte Michael Archángele - ask for intercession

Alia Oratio ad Sanctum Michael


Deus, et Pater Domini nostri Iesu Christi, invocamus nomen sanctum tuum, et clementiam tuam supplices exposcimus ut, per intercessionem immaculatae semper Virginis Dei Genetricis Mariae, beati Michaelis Archangeli, beati Ioseph eiusdem beatae Virginis Sponsi, beatorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli et omnium Sanctorum, adversus satanam, omnesque alios immundos spiritus, qui ad nocendum humano generi animasque perdendas pervagantur in mundo, nobis auxilium praestare digneris.

Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.


St. Michael the Archangel - shorter - to Avoid Evil

In the Name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,

strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God,

of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints,

we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.


St. Michael the Archangel - shorter - to Avoid Evil

In the Name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,

strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God,

of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints,

we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.


St. Michael the Archangel - St. Francis of Assisi

Pray for us with St. Michael the Archangel and all the powers of Heaven

and the Saints before thy Most Holy and Beloved Son, the Lord and Master,


St. Michael the Archangel in Confiteor Deo

I confess to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin,

to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul,
and all the Saints, and to you, father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, deed:

through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault,

therefore I beseech Blessed Mary ever Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you father, to pray for me to the Lord our God.


Sancte Michael Archángele in Confiteor Deo

Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatae Mariae semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo,
beato Joanni Baptistae, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, et tibi Pater:
quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo, et opere:

mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.


Ideo precor beatam Mariam semper Virginem, beatum Michaelem Archangelum,
beatum Joannem Baptistam, sanctos Apostolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te Pater,
orare pro me ad Dominum Deum Nostrum.