• On October 2 a group of juniors and seniors will be taken to a local college fair at Santa Margarita High School.
• Parent-Teacher Conferences are on October 6. Students lead the discussions with each teacher (new students will be shown how to do this). Each meeting is just a few minutes long. Freshmen and their parents begin at 6:15 PM; Sophomores at 6:45 PM; Juniors at 7:00 PM; Seniors at 7:30 PM. The teachers will be spread out in the different classrooms. Students should be in full uniform (including blazer) for this.
• Congratulations to Fr. Vianney and our football team on their recent victory! The team is undefeated, 4-0!! The next football game is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, at 3:15 PM, at St. Michael’s.
• Congratulations to Mr. Schoenfeld and our cross country team on their recent competition, coming in 3rd place in 19 teams! The next cross country meet is: Friday, October 4, at 3:30 PM, at Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, CA 92657.
There is a battle going on right now; in fact, it’s taking place right here. The battle is between God’s messengers, the angels, and those who had been created as angels but had fallen away from God by the horrible sin of pride—Satan and his demons. The battle goes on continuously, and what are they fighting over? They are fighting over your soul. The devil and his followers are trying to lead you to sin and eternal punishment in hell; the angels, led by St. Michael, are trying to help you resist temptation and do good, and so be rewarded with eternal life in heaven.
It’s amazing that so many people today would acknowledge the existence of demons, but when it comes to angels, they think it to be some kind of fairy tale, something for little children to believe—like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. And yet both, demons and angels, are mentioned numerous times in Sacred Scripture; even Our Lord Himself speaks of them quite explicitly.
The angels have two jobs to do: to minister to God, praising and adoring Him in heaven; and to protect, defend and assist man on his way to salvation. Satan and his followers are far more powerful than us men; we cannot see them, and consequently we are unable to know when, where and how they will afflict us. And so, in order to be safeguarded against these creatures which are totally immaterial, totally spiritual, we need to have recourse to the angels, who are also spiritual creatures, and who receive their power from God, and hence will be the ultimate champions in this battle.
We here are very fortunate to have St. Michael, the “Prince of the Angels,” to be our patron. We can be sure that, since our abbey and our school bear his name, we receive the special protection of St. Michael, one which is very much needed in our present age.
Maybe you already know the story behind the “Prayer to St. Michael” which we pray every night. It happened a little over 100 years ago. One day after celebrating Holy Mass, Pope Leo XIII passed out and fell to the floor. The cardinals who were standing nearby immediately called doctors in to examine the pope. They thought he had died, because for a period he did not even have a pulse. When the pope finally regained consciousness, he was filled with great terror. He said that God showed him a vision in which he saw Satan and legions of demons attacking our present-day Church. But in the midst of this vision of horror he beheld glorious St. Michael, who had appeared and had cast Satan and his followers back into the abyss of hell. Soon afterward he composed the prayer to St. Michael, which we recite every night. The prayer, in fact, is actually a small prayer of exorcism which is allowed to be used by anyone. We would be fools not to use it often.
And so, in preparation for the Feast of St. Michael this Sunday, let’s pray together the Litany to St. Michael, honoring this Prince of the Angels, thanking him for his protection throughout the year, and imploring him that he might constantly and continually defend in this day of battle.
Litany to St. Michael the Archangel
Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
St. Michael, pray for us.
St. Michael, filled with the wisdom of God, pray for us.
St. Michael, perfect adorer of the Incarnate Word, pray for us.
St. Michael, crowned with honor and glory, pray for us.
St. Michael, most powerful Prince of the armies of the Lord, pray for us.
St. Michael, standard-bearer of the Most Holy Trinity, pray for us.
St. Michael, guardian of Paradise, pray for us.
St. Michael, guide and comforter of the people of Israel, pray for us.
St. Michael, splendor and fortress of the Church Militant, pray for us.
St. Michael, honor and joy of the Church Triumphant, pray for us.
St. Michael, light of angels, pray for us.
St. Michael, bulwark of orthodox believers, pray for us.
St. Michael, strength of those who fight under the standard
of the Cross, pray for us.
St. Michael, light and confidence of souls at the hour of death, pray for us.
St. Michael, our most sure aid, pray for us.
St. Michael, our help in all adversities, pray for us.
St. Michael, herald of the everlasting sentence, pray for us.
St. Michael, consoler of souls detained in the flames
of purgatory, pray for us.
St. Michael, Thou whom the Lord hath charged to receive
souls after death, pray for us.
St. Michael, our Prince, pray for us.
St. Michael, our Advocate, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us. Christ graciously hear us.
V. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.
R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.
Let us pray.
Sanctify us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with Thy holy blessing, and grant us, by the intercession of St. Michael, that wisdom which teaches us to lay up treasures in heaven by exchanging the goods of this world for those of eternity, Thou Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
• For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
• For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
• For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.