A Novena is an ancient form of Christian prayer.
For nine consecutive days or weeks, a specific prayer is raised up to God.
There are complete versions of this novena to St. Michael’s near the entrances of the church.
Oh most Noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies valorous warrior of Almighty God,
and zealous lover of His glory,
terror of the rebellious angels,
and love and delight of all the just ones,
my beloved Archangel Saint Michael,
desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants,
I, today offer and consecrate myself to you,
and place myself, my family,
and all I possess under
your most powerful protection.
I ask you not to look at how little,
I, as your servant have to offer,
but to gaze, rather, with favorable eye,
at the heartfelt affection
with which this offering is made,
and remember that if from this day onward
I am under your patronage,
you must during all my life assist me,
and procure for me the pardon of my sins,
the grace to love with all my heart
my God, my dear Savior Jesus
and my Sweet Mother Mary,
and obtain for me all the help necessary
to arrive to my crown of glory.
Defend me from my spiritual enemies,
particularly in the last moments of my life.
Come then, oh Glorious Prince, and support me in my last struggle,
and with your powerful weapon,
cast far from me into the infernal abysses
that liar and proud angel that you have already beaten in the celestial battle.
Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battle so that we may not perish in the last Judgment.