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Psychological Healing
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The Chaplet of Saint Michael
the Archangel

Adapted by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.
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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 the Archangel about praying the chaplet. Although the Catholic Church approved the prayer in 1851, I have found theological, psychological, and grammatical errors in the text of the chaplet. How can this be?

Well, in my own experience, for example, as I was praying the Prayer Against Satan and the Rebellious Angels, I was given inspiration about the content and design of a shorter version of that prayer: the Prayer for Deliverance from the Tyranny of Evil. Over the course of several months, I was inspired to make small changes and improvements to that prayer. Eventually, I asked why, if that prayer came from divine inspiration, it needed improvements. I was told that it was not allowable for anything to be dictated to me and that I could receive only general inspiration which I had to express in my own imperfect words.

Consequently, the wording of all private revelations can be subject to improvement.

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, and, as I prayed for guidance, I was told to make this adapted version of the chaplet.

Compared to the original version, this adapted version is not only theologically and psychologically improved but also it is more concise, so that it can be prayed in less time, thus allowing it to be prayed more spontaneously and more frequently than the original version.

 
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.

 
INTRODUCTION TO THE CHAPLET

In this adapted version of the chaplet, the following three Prayers of Mercy and Glory are each said once after each of the petitions of the chaplet.

 
1.  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
2.  O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
3.  Glory to God in the Highest.

 
Using Chaplet Beads

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 Prayer 1 on the first bead of the group, Prayer 2 on the second bead of the group, and Prayer 3 on the third bead of the group. After praying all the petitions, use the four beads on the tail of the chaplet to say Glory to God in the Highest once each for Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, and your Guardian Angel.

 
Praying 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 the three prayers of Mercy and Glory after each of the following petitions.

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 love.

2. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in purging from my heart the dark unconscious desire to commit sin.

3. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in surrendering to sincere and courageous humility.

4. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in being aware of the meaning of my emotions and beliefs and thereby governing 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 renouncing them.

6. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in not being duped by the lies and snares of demonic oppression.

7. By the intercession of Saint Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may I receive the grace of divine guidance in renouncing anger, trusting God, and willingly accepting the noble spirit of sincere obedience to His will.

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

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 venerable servant of God.

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.

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 great spiritual battle against evil; and may I, who turn to you with confidence, serve God faithfully under your gracious protection.

V. Protect me and guide me, 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 now and also at the hour of my death, so that none of them at the time of my death may harass me and that I may be conducted by Saint Michael 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.

 

 
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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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When I made my own chaplet beads, I could not find a medal for it that I liked. Through prayer, I had been told that Saint Michael preferred not to be depicted with a physical sword because demons cannot be fought with physical weapons. (A flaming sword, however, as I depict on my Deliverance From the Tyranny of Evil  prayer booklet is fine. But a flaming sword is awkward to depict in sculpture.) Thus the design of this medal was given to me. So, I had these medals factory made of solid bronze, first for my own use, and second, to sell to anyone else who has a devotion to Saint Michael and who wants to have an exceptional Chaplet of Saint Michael. (If you cannot make your own chaplet, just buy one that you like and replace its medal with this one.)
 
 

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