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St. Michael Prayer QUESTION from Kim September 22, 2000 A reader recently asked about the St. Michael Prayer and you mentioned the custom of reciting it after low Mass prior to the 1960's. Good news! The custom is still alive and well after low Masses celebrated in the Traditional Latin Rite. The faithful may appreciate knowing that there are several growing orders of traditional priests and religious in full communion with Holy Mother Church, including the Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King, Friars Minor of St. Francis and the Sister Servants of St. Francis, to name a few. These priests and religious sacrifice much to fulfill Pope John Paul II's wishes that the traditional sacraments, devotions and culture are made widely available to contemporary Catholics. Pax Vobiscum.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on November 20, 2000 Dear Kim:
Thanks for the information and listing which groups using the Missal of 1960 are in union with Rome. That is helpful to know.
Also good news. The St. Michael Prayer may also be said after Mass Paul VI too. The Church NEVER rescinded the advice of Pope Leo to say the prayer after Mass. It just fell into disuse unfortunately.
All one needs to do is after Mass, any Mass, kneel in prayer for a while instead of treating the Church like a football stadium and talk up a storm, and pray. One of the prayers should be the St. Michael Prayer.
I usually come at least 15-20 minutes early to Mass so I may settle and get in the right disposition for Mass, and then after Mass spend about 15-20 praying before the tabernacle in thanksgiving and adoration.
It would be a good thing is ALL people did something like that.
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