Saint Michael the
Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
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ccording 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
Therefore, when I first started to pray the Chaplet of
Saint Michael the Archangel as it commonly appears today, I discovered many things that could be
improved. As I prayed for guidance, I was told to make this adapted version of the chaplet which,
compared to the original 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 and more
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 Chaplet of St. Michael true?
Here is what a soul in Purgatory said in answer to this
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.
[The soul also added, in answer to a question about plenary indulgences:]
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
How To Pray the Chaplet
This chaplet can be prayed wherever you may be, even
if you donít have beads with you. If you want to use beads, say the opening prayers while holding
the medal. Recite the petitions on the single beads. Use the groups of three beads to say the prayers
of Mercy and Glory after each of the petitions. Use the four beads on the tail of the chaplet
to say the Glory to God in the Highest prayers.
The Prayers of Mercy and Glory
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.
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 the three
prayers of Mercy and Glory after each of the following 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
2. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial
Choir of Cherubim, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in renouncing my deep unconscious desire
to commit sin so that I may 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 and beliefs, so that I may 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 that I may 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 both 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
After the petitions,
in honor of the angels Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, and your Guardian Angel, say
Glory to God in the Highest one time for each angel.
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 faithfully.
V. Protect me and guide me, O
glorious Saint Michael.
R. That I may become worthy
of the promises of Christ.
Lord, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God, 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 both now and also 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.
The Chaplet of
Saint Michael the Archangel
This 8 page booklet
contains introductory information from this webpage and my adapted version of
the traditional prayer.
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The Chaplet of Saint Michael
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