“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews, 1:14).
In the great fight against evil, as during our daily internal struggles, God is always by our side. He does not abandon us: His angels were sent to watch over us , protect us and guide us. Just like we can invoke the assistance of the saints in the Litany of the Saints, so too can we ask for the protection of the angels with the Litany to the Holy Angels. The prayer is an invocation to the many Archangels, Seraphim, Cherubins, and all the celestial beings to ask for their help and prayers.
“Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy,
Christ, hear us, Christ, hear us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of Virgins, pray for us.
Saint Michael, who was ever the defender of the people of God, pray for us.
St. Michael, who did drive from Heaven Lucifer and his rebel crew, pray for us.
St. Michael, who did cast down to Hell the accuser of our brethren, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel, who did expound to Daniel the heavenly vision, pray for us.
St. Gabriel, who did foretell to Zachary the birth and ministry of John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. Gabriel, who did announce to Blessed Mary the Incarnation of the Divine Word, pray for us.
Saint Raphael, who did lead Tobias safely through his journey to his home again, pray for us.
St. Raphael, who did deliver Sara from the devil, pray for us.
St. Raphael, who did restore his sight to Tobias the elder, pray for us.
All ye holy Angels, who stand around the high and lofty throne of God, pray for us.
Who cry to Him continually: Holy, Holy, Holy, pray for us.
Who dispel the darkness of our minds and give us light, pray for us.
Who are the messengers of heavenly things to men, pray for us.
Who have been appointed by God to be our guardians, pray for us.
Who always behold the Face of our Father Who is in Heaven, pray for us.
Who rejoice over one sinner doing penance, pray for us.
Who led Lot out of the midst of the ungodly, pray for us.
Who ascended and descended on the ladder of Jacob, pray for us.
Who delivered the Divine Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, pray for us.
Who brought good tidings when Christ was born, pray for us.
Who comforted Him in His agony, pray for us.
Who sat in white garments at His sepulcher, pray for us.
Who appeared to the disciples as He went up into Heaven, pray for us.
Who shall go before Him bearing the standard of the Cross when He comes to judgment, pray for us.
Who shall gather together the elect at the End of the World, pray for us.
Who shall separate the wicked from among the just, pray for us.
Who offer to God the prayers of those who pray, pray for us.
Who assist us at the hour of death, pray for us.
Who carried Lazarus into Abraham’s bosom, pray for us.
Who conduct to Heaven the souls of the just, pray for us.
Who perform signs and wonders by the power of God, pray for us.
Who are sent to minister for those who shall receive the inheritance of salvation, pray for us.
Who are set over kingdoms and provinces, pray for us.
Who have often put to flight armies of enemies, pray for us.
Who have often delivered God’s servants from prison and other perils of this life, pray for us.
Who have often consoled the holy martyrs in their torments, pray for us.
Who are wont to cherish with peculiar care the prelates and princes of the Church, pray for us.
All ye holy orders of blessed spirits, pray for us.
From all dangers, deliver us, O Lord.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord.
From all heresy and schism, deliver us, O Lord.
From plague, famine and ware, deliver us, O Lord.
From sudden and unlooked-for death, deliver us, O Lord.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Lord.
Through Thy holy Angels, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would spare us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would pardon us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would govern and preserve Thy Holy Church, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would protect our Apostolic Prelate and all ecclesiastical orders, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would grant peace and security to kings and all Christian princes, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would give and preserve the fruits of the earth, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou would grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
V/Bless the Lord, all ye Angels:
R.Ye that are mighty in strength, that fulfill His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His words.
Let us pray:
O God, Who in Thine unspeakable Providence dost send Thine Angels to keep guard over us, grant unto Thy suppliants that we may be continually defended by their protection and may rejoice eternally in their society, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.”
Whether they are Archangels (mighty warriors), or guardian angels (who guide us discreetly throughout our lives), the angels provide their valuable assistance to Christians on earth. Learn to pray to them to ask for their help… and to give them thanks.
St. Michael the Archangel is perhaps the most prayed-to Archangel in Christianity. He is the commander of the celestial militia, a great symbol of the fight against evil. There are many prayers to St. Michael, notably an exorcism prayer by Pope Leo XIII: it is a prayer for deliverance from everything that keeps us down, trapped by sin. You can also entrust your prayer intentions to the Holy Archangel with the Litany of St. Michael and the Chaplet of St. Michael Archangel.
To invoke the Nine Choirs of Angels, you can recite the following prayer:
“O Holy Angels, watch over us at all times during this perilous life: O holy Archangels, be our guides on the way to heaven; O heavenly choir of the Principalities, govern us in soul and body; O mighty Powers, preserve us against the wiles of the demons; O celestial Virtues, give us strength and courage in the battle of life; O powerful Dominations, obtain for us dominion over the rebellion of our flesh; O sacred Thrones, grant us peace with God and man; O brilliant Cherubim, illuminate our minds with heavenly knowledge; O burning Seraphim, enkindle in our hearts the fire of charity.
Learn more about the Nine Choirs of Angels here.
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Pray a novena for the intercession of Michael the Archangel, receive His strength and His protection over yourself, your friends and family, the Church, and every Christian in the world! Pray a novena to the Angels, and start to open yourself to their influence in your life!