Chaplet of St. Michael

A devotion given to Antonia d’Astonac from St. Michael, Archangel. It promises, among other things, deliverance from Purgatory for yourself and all relatives.

Background 

Saint Michael appearing one day to Antonia d’Astonac, a most devout Servant of God, told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which shoud consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the angelic choirs.

Promises of St. Michael 

Whosoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each one of the nine choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and their relations.

Method of Reciting the Chaplet

There are nine beads plus a medal on the chaplet. You begin by saying the following invocation on the medal.

MEDAL

O God, come to my assistance.
Chaplet of St. Michael

O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory Be

FIRST BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and celestial Choir of Seraphim, may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.

Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

SECOND BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness to run in the paths of Christian perfection.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

THIRD BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

FOURTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choice of Dominions, may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

FIFTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers, may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

SIXTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may the Lord preserve us from evil and suffer us not to fall into temptation.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

SEVENTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

EIGHTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangel, may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

NINTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

On the 4 remaining beads, say one Our Father in honour of each of the following angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and our Guardian Angel.

The chaplet is concluded with the following prayers:

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.

Almighty and Everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hast appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered from all our enemies that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may conducted by him into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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