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in the Catholic Mystic Tradition

The Chaplet of Saint Michael
the Archangel

Adapted by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

 

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According to tradition, a Carmelite nun received a private revelation (time unknown) from Saint Michael about praying the chaplet. Although the prayer was approved by Pope Pius IX in 1851, I have found theological, psychological, and grammatical errors in the chaplet. How can this be?

Well, in my own private revelations, for example, Saint Michael gave me inspiration about the content and design of the Prayer for Deliverance from the Tyranny of Evil. Over the course of several months, as I was inspired to make small changes and improvements to that prayer, I asked Saint Michael why, if the prayer came from him, there were imperfections in it. He told me that he was not allowed to dictate anything to me and could give me only general inspiration which I had to express in my own words.

Consequently, all private revelations can be subject to improvement.

Therefore, when I first started to pray the Chaplet of Saint Michael as it commonly appears today, I discovered, through prayerful revelation, many things that could be improved. Hence I was told about making this adapted version of the chaplet which, compared to the common version, not only is theologically and psychologically improved but also is more concise, so that it can be prayed in less timeóand therefore more spontaneously every day.

 
Are the Promises for the Original Chaplet
Valid for this Adapted Version?

I donít know. I didnít ask because it doesnít matter to me. In this adapted version, the spiritual intent of the prayer is still the same as the original. Nevertheless, the value of the chaplet is in the spiritual protection that the prayer provides, not in whether you can receive some spiritual rewards points just for the act of saying the chaplet. So consider what a soul in Purgatory has said about the original promises:

Are the promises made to those who recite the rosary of St. Michael true?

The promises are real, but you need not think that people who recite it out of routine and without any pains to become holy are taken out of Purgatory at once. That would be false. St. Michael does more than he promises, but he is not over anxious to relieve those who are condemned to a long Purgatory. Certainly as a reward for their devotion to the Archangel their sufferings are shortened, but as to delivering them at once, not so. I, who used to say it, can serve as an example of this. Immediate deliverance takes place only in the case of those who have worked with courage at their perfection and who have little to expiate in Purgatory.
 
As for the plenary indulgences, I may as well tell you that few, very few people gain them entirely. There has to be such a wonderful disposition of heart and will that it is rare, much rarer than you think it is, to have the entire remission of oneís faults. In Purgatory, we receive only the indulgences applied to us by way of suffrage, as God permits according to our dispositions.

 
How To Pray the Chaplet

Make the Sign of the Cross, and then say, O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

SAY these three prayers of Mercy and Glory after each of the petitions.
   •  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
   •  O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
   •  Glory to God in the Highest.

Petitions

1. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in opening my heart to the fire of Godís perfect charity.

2. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in renouncing the ways of sin so as to follow the pure and glorious path of Christian perfection.

3. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in opening my heart to the spirit of true and sincere humility.

4. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in being constantly aware of the meaning of my emotions so as to be able to govern them with wisdom.

5. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in discerning evil desires and immediately renouncing them, so as to avoid falling into temptation.

6. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in recognizing the lies and snares of demonic oppression so that I might not be duped by demons.

7. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in opening my heart to the spirit of true and sincere obedience to holy grace.

8. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of all the Archangels, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in persevering in faith and in good works so that I may attain the glory of Heaven.

9. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of all the Angels, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in being a holy servant of God.

After the petitions, say Glory to God in the Highest four times, in honor of each of the leading Angels: Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, and your Guardian Angel.

Conclusion

Saint Michael the Archangel, Prince of the heavenly host, Guardian of souls, Vanquisher of rebel spirits, Servant in the house of the Divine King, and our admirable Conductor to Heaven, defend me in the battle against evil, that I, who turn to you with confidence, may, by your gracious protection, serve God more and more faithfully every day.

V. Protect me and guide me, O glorious Saint Michael.

R. That I may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Almighty and Eternal Father, by Your goodness and Your merciful desire for the salvation of mankind, You have appointed Saint Michael the Archangel as the Prince of the Church; may he defend me from my enemies so that none of them may harass me at the hour of my death, and that I may be conducted by him into Your presence, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, through the ages of ages. Amen.

 
How To Use a Chaplet

Saint Michael chaplet Hold the medal and say the opening prayers. Use the large beads (or the knots, as in the photo at the left) with each of the nine groups of beads to recite the petitions, and use the three beads to say the three Mercy and Glory prayers. Use the four beads on the tail to say the Glory to God in the Highest prayers.

 

 

 

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