St Michael in
Is this prayer familiar to any of you?
"Saint 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, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen"As you know, occasionally unresolved research from years ago can keep a person up at night. This is particularly true of obsessive family genealogists. For us this week, it re-ignited research on the legend of and devotion to St Michael the Archangel, and how that connects to the church in Buckman. Larry found that Pope Leo XIII happened to die in 1903, exactly when the new St Michaels in Buckman was dedicated. But wait, there's more: back in 1884, Pope Leo was inspired to write the above prayer and insist that Catholics all over the world say it (and the Salve Regina prayer) after every low mass from then on. HERE'S the page Larry found, which I think made the decision to name the church even more acceptable, both originally and in 1903.
|...and the most startlingly obvious|
model for the knock-off.
|What I call the "Scalping of Satan" |
St Michaels church, Buckman...