Saturday, September 25, 2010

St. Michael Novena--Day 5

St. Michael the Archangel
defend us in the day of battle.
Be our safeguard 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
that prowl about the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.

A word about the military symbolism in these representations: Anyone who has ever struggled to live the life of God and cried with Saint Paul, "I do the very things I hate!" can understand the need to fight against those powers that keep us from attaining all that God has in mind for us.

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