St. Michael the Archangel and Pope Leo XIII’s “Second” Prayer of Exorcism
St. Michael the Archangel is one of the most important figures in Catholic tradition. He is the leader of the heavenly hosts, and he is often depicted as fighting against the devil and his demons.
Pope Leo XIII was a 19th-century pope who was deeply concerned about the growing influence of evil in the world. In 1884, he reported having a vision in which he saw the devil triumphing over the Church. After this vision, Pope Leo XIII composed a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, asking for his help in defeating the devil.
The prayer of exorcism that Pope Leo XIII composed is known as the “second” prayer of exorcism. It is a longer and more elaborate prayer than the traditional prayer of exorcism, and it is often used in exorcisms performed by priests.
The prayer of exorcism begins by invoking the authority of God and calling on St. Michael the Archangel to help us. It then goes on to denounce the devil and his demons, and it commands them to leave the person who is being exorcised.
The prayer of exorcism ends by asking for God’s protection and mercy. It is a powerful prayer that can be used to ask for help in overcoming the forces of evil.
The prayer of exorcism is not an official part of the Catholic liturgy, but it is widely used by Catholics around the world. It is often prayed at the end of Mass, and it is also sometimes prayed privately by individuals or groups.
The prayer of exorcism is a reminder of the reality of evil and the need for God’s help in overcoming it. It is a powerful prayer and by invoking the intercession of the holy archangel in the battle against evil the prayer can be used to ask for help in overcoming the forces of evil, both in our own lives and in the world around us.
Here is the text of the “second” prayer of exorcism:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel,
illustrious leader of the heavenly army,
defend us in the battle against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of darkness
and the spirit of wickedness in high places.
Come to the rescue of mankind,
whom God has made in His own image and likeness,
and purchased from Satan’s tyranny at so great a price.
Holy Church venerates you as her patron and guardian.
The Lord has entrusted to you the task
of leading the souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness.
Entreat the Lord of peace to cast Satan down under our feet,
so as to keep him from further holding man captive and doing harm to the Church.
Carry our prayers up to God’s throne,
that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come
and lay hold of the beast, the serpent of old, Satan and his demons,
casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can no longer seduce the nations.
POPE LEO XIII’S TERRIFYING VISION