Pope Francis gets another one right St. Michael Prayer Returns to Mass

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Pope Francis gets another one right St. Michael Prayer Returns to Mass

At mass Sat­ur­day today our pas­tor made an inter­est­ing anouncement.

The Holy Father has deter­mined that this is an era of Cri­sis in the Church and has sug­gested that the Prayer of St. Michael which had been added to the end of the mass in the late 19th cen­tury and removed after Vat­i­can 2 be revived to be said after com­mu­nion and is giv­ing indi­vid­ual bish­ops the dis­cre­tion to do so or not.

Our pas­tor announced that Bishop McManus has sent a let­ter to all parishes man­dat­ing them to include the St. Michael prayer and being this week­end our parish has done so.

This is an excel­lent idea and it’s a sad com­men­tary on the cur­rent state of the church in gen­eral this papacy and myself in par­tic­u­lar, that I find myself both pleas­antly sur­prised at the Pope’s sug­ges­tion while at the same time cyn­i­cal con­cern­ing his motives for the move.

But in the end the St. Michael Prayer is one of the most pow­er­ful prayers of the church and Fran­cis’ sug­ges­tion that it be rein­tro­duced is an excel­lent demon­stra­tion that in the end the Holy Spirit is still in charge of the church which will reap ben­e­fits of this prayer invoked at the mass daily regard­less of the rea­sons behind it.

As I’ve said in the past, I might not know what God’s doing, but I have faith that he does

At mass Saturday today our pastor made an interesting anouncement.

The Holy Father has determined that this is an era of Crisis in the Church and has suggested that the Prayer of St. Michael which had been added to the end of the mass in the late 19th century and removed after Vatican 2 be revived to be said after communion and is giving individual bishops the discretion to do so or not.

Our pastor announced that Bishop McManus has sent a letter to all parishes mandating them to include the St. Michael prayer and being this weekend our parish has done so.

This is an excellent idea and it’s a sad commentary on the current state of the church in general this papacy and myself in particular, that I find myself both pleasantly surprised at the Pope’s suggestion while at the same time cynical concerning his motives for the move.

But in the end the St. Michael Prayer is one of the most powerful prayers of the church and Francis’ suggestion that it be reintroduced is an excellent demonstration that in the end the Holy Spirit is still in charge of the church which will reap benefits of this prayer invoked at the mass daily regardless of the reasons behind it.

As I’ve said in the past, I might not know what God’s doing, but I have faith that he does