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O glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the fearful warfare we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord with thy legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against thee, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still prowls about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong into the abyss together with his followers.

But behold, that first enemy of mankind, a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence. Changing himself into “an angel of light,” he goes about with the whole multitude of wicked spirits to invade the earth and to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to plunder, to slay and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life.

This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity. These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood even parts of the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have laid hands upon her most sacred treasures. Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the People of God against the inroads of the lost spirits, and grant us the victory. Amen.


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At Confirmation, I was signed with holy Chrism, O Jesus, I girded myself with a mystical sword and solemnly said: I will do combat for Your glory!

It was a solemn day for me: the Bishop, vested with the holy stole, invoked the Holy Spirit upon me; he extended his hands over my head to proclaim the dominion of God over me, he anointed me with oil to consecrate me to Him and to fortify me and then he made me repeat the profession of faith in order to initiate me into the spiritual combat. I arose happy and found next to me a dear person who was committed to help me in this battle…You smiled on me, O Jesus, because I felt my soul full of peace and You awaited from me an authentic and strong testimony before the lying and faithless world.

The sword which You gave me was beautiful. You signed me with the Sign of the Cross to tell me that YOU MUST BE MY STRENGTH, that You must be my confidence, that You must be my glory. That cross, signed on my forehead with oil, disappeared, but it was to remain in my works, in my life, in my soul; I myself was to be like a triumphant cross, a glorious trophy of Your redemption!

Thus You set me apart for Yourself, I was much more Yours and I confirmed at Your feet the solemn promise of my Baptism, while You confirmed me in Your mercy! O, how great are Your Sacraments, O Jesus!

How many battles I’ve had since I’ve been confirmed; I should have fought and in the meantime I’ve been defeated because I’ve rendered so many mercies and helps vain! O Jesus, I am covered with disgrace, and here I am wounded at Your feet! Please forgive me! Let the grace of the Sacrament of Confirmation be revived in me; make me strong; make me faithful to Your love.

Love is the most beautiful characteristic of Your soldier and for this the eternal love of God descended on me…O Jesus, detach me from all; inflame me with Your love so that, loving You, I will defend You and will not be unfaithful to You.

ASPIRATION: God the Holy Spirit, inflame me with love.

LITTLE WORK: Perform some act of zeal to repair for all the cowardice which you’ve been guilty of in the divine service.
– Don Dolindo Ruotolo


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