Saint Michael Archangel, by Johann Michael Rottmayr, 1697
Prayer to Saint Michael
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 evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Song of the Angels, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1881
Prayer to the Mother of the Lord for All Mothers
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers,
we turn to you.
We thank the Lord whom you serve
for the great gift of motherhood.
Never has it been known that anyone
who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace.
Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes”
to the invitation of the angel
which brought heaven to earth and changed human history.
You opened yourself to God’s word
and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers.
Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace
of surrendered love so that they could join with you
in giving their own “Fiat.”
May they find daily strength to say yes
to the call to the sacrificial love
– the very heart of the vocation of motherhood.
May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration
for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mothers day,
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
pray for us who have recourse to you…
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.