Feast day: September 29 (with the Archangels Gabriel and Raphael)
Prayer to St Michael the Archangel
St Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the hour of conflict,
be our safeguard against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
may God restrain him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust Satan down into hell
and with him all wicked spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.
The three archangels are the senior angels who dwell in God’s presence and who act on his behalf in relations with his people. Michael is traditionally regarded as the chief of the Archangels and a special protector against the attacks of Satan. Gabriel is the special messenger of the Lord who visited Mary at the Annunciation. Raphael is known as ‘The Healer of the Lord’ because he brought healing to people as found in the Book of Tobias and St John’s Gospel.
The shrine to St Michael is inside the main door of the church.