Saturday, June 30, 2007
Defend us in the day of battle
I have returned from a week at Camp Crucis in Granbury, serving on the faculty of the St. Michael's Youth Conference, Southwest. For the staff, it was a long, yet rewarding week. The greatest reward has been to see faith deepened, lives changed, and to have the privilege to sacramentally absolve those young people from their sins in the confessional. It has been a time for "release for the captives and recovery of sight for the blind." This morning, we concluded the conference with a votive Mass for St Michael and All Angels. You can find more pictures from Fr. Nelson here, and from Fr. Brown here.
Here is the extended prayer for St Michael's angelic protection, written by Pope Leo III, from the third chapter in the Rite of Exorcism from the Ritual Romanum:
St. Michael the Archangel, illustrious leader of the heavenly army, defend us in the battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness and the spirit of wickedness in high places. Come to the rescue of mankind, whom God has made in His own image and likeness, and purchased from Satan's tyranny at so great a price. Holy Church venerates you as her patron and guardian. The Lord has entrusted to you the task of leading the souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness. Entreat the Lord of peace to cast Satan down under our feet, so as to keep him from further holding man captive and doing harm to the Church. Carry our prayers up to God's throne, that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come and lay hold of the beast, the serpent of old, Satan and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
After the Mass, the students (whom we affectionately call "Michaelites") put on a Pageant of Redemption for their parents before heading home. Here are a few highlights.
The Last Supper
Christ's Ministry continues on earth through the sacramental ministry of his One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
(pictured from left to right: Confirmation, the Eucharist, Unction of the Sick)
The Risen Christ Reigns in Glory with the Saints and Angels