Devotion to St. Michael
In 1917, Padre Pio made a pilgrimage to the oldest Shrine in Western Europe, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. He traveled with other townsfolk from San Giovanni Rotondo to pray to Saint Michael in the Holy Grotto. On many occasions, Padre Pio would send penitents to the Shrine to pray for the intercession and protection of Saint Michael for the salvation of their souls. He encouraged his spiritual children to have devotion to the Holy Archangel, because “you will need the help of Saint Michael living in this world!”
THE CHAPLET OF ST. MICHAEL
In a revelation to Sister Antonia d’Astonaco, approved in 1851, St. Michael promised the following benefits to those who would pray often the nine special invocations to the nine Choirs of Angels, to honor him and to Glorify God: an Angel from each choir will accompany you as you approach Holy Communion, and, along with Saint Michael, Holy Angels will provide continual assistance during your lifetime. After death, you will be delivered from Purgatory. These benefits and blessings are extended to your direct family.
The Chaplet of Saint Michael and instructions on how it is prayed—along with the prayer from Monte Sant’Angelo included—is always available in the Centre’s Gift Shop online or when you visit. The Chaplet is beautifully made with crystal beads. The medal of Saint Michael has the Guardian Angel on the reverse, and the center medal has Saint Pio on the front with Our Lady of Grace on the reverse. Or, if you prefer, just go to our shopping page and follow the instructions.
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel,
Defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host
By the power of God
Cast into hell Satan, and all evil spirits
Who prowl about the world
Seeking the ruin of souls.