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Prayer of Entrustment to

 Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael the Archangels


Prayers of Introduction

 Apostle's Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria

Preamble

Chosen captain of the heavenly hosts and defender of the Elect of God, we - delivered by you from afflictions - offer this hymn of thanksgiving, and we entreat you that, through the Grace of God and enlisting the Intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, set us free from all distress so that we may eternally cry to with faith and love and with total abandonment:
 

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest - Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord - Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Entrustment

O great and holy Michael, Archangel of God, standing at the head of the angels before the everlasting + Trinity, O advocate and preserver of mankind, who - with your hosts - has broken in heaven the head of the daystar, Satan, the exceedingly proud one, and who always puts to shame his evil and cunning servants on earth, we run to you with faith and pray to you with love: Be an unbreakable shield and firm bastion for the Elect of God, protecting us with your lightning sword.

Be for us a guardian angel, a wise counselor and helper, bringing us from the foot of the throne of the Eternal Ruling King and Lord our God, enlightenment and strength, joy, peace and comfort. Be for us the chief captain and fellow-fighter, crowning us with glory and victory over unjust adversaries, that all who oppose us may know that God and His holy angels stand ready to defend us.

Be, in union with Raphael,  the physician and healer of those wounded. Be the pillar and defender of the children of God who are in captivity. And forsake not, 0 Archangel of God, with your help and protection, those of us who today glorify your holy name. For, behold, though we are great sinners,  we desire not to perish in our iniquities but to turn to the Lord and, through Him, only live for good works.

Illuminate our minds with the light of the Countenance of God that shines without ceasing, that we may understand that the will of God is always good and perfect and knows all that is right for us to do, and even that which is right to omit and overlook.

Strengthen by the grace of the Lord, our weak and feeble purpose, that, made firm in the commandments of the Lord, we may cease to wallow in earthly thoughts drawn by the lusts of the flesh as senseless children through the perishable beauties of the world.

Above all these things, ask from on high, for us, the true spirit of repentance, true sorrow and contrition for our sins before God, that we may spend the remaining number of our days in this temporal life, not in the satisfying of our feelings and in the bondage to our passions, but in the service of God and in blotting out all the evil that we have done through tears of faith and heartfelt compunction, through works of charity, chastity, and through holy acts of loving mercy.

When the hour of our end, and of our liberation from the earthly bonds of our own bodies, draws near, O Archangel of God, leave us not without defense against the earthly spirits of evil who try to hinder the entry of man into the heavenly places. Preserved by you, and assisted by Gabriel, may we, without hindrance, reach those all-glorious dwelling-places of Paradise where there is neither sorrow nor sighing but only life without end.

May we be made worthy to behold the Face of our all-gracious Lord and Master, and falling at His feet with tears, may we cry out in joy and tender feeling: Glory to You, our most tender, dear Redeemer, who, because of Your great love for us, your unworthy servants and handmaidens, have been pleased to send Your archangels, Michael. Gabriel and Raphael, in the service of our salvation! For all the powers of heaven praise You, and we give glory, honor and thanksgiving to You, Most Holy Trinity - Father +, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

O chosen captain of the heavenly hosts and defender of mankind, we, delivered by you from all afflictions, offer this hymn of thanksgiving, and do you, standing with Gabriel and Raphael, before the throne of the King of Glory, and through His Grace, set us free from all distress so that we may cry with faith and love and total abandonment:


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might ,Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest - Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord - Hosanna in the highest.


Concluding Prayers


To Michael the Archangel

O Glorious Prince St. Michael the Archangel, chief and commander of the Heavenly Hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the House of the Divine King, and our admirable conductor, thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us by thy gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, prince of the Elect of Jesus Christ.
That we may be made worthy of His promises.


To God the Father

Almighty and Everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of The Elect, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered from all our enemies that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty.  This we beg though the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Amen!


Published on February 24th, 2008 - Discovery of the Head of John the Baptizer (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)

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