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