Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Tuesday, September 29, 2009




To St. Michael in Time of Peace
Gilbert K. Chesterton  

This poem was first published in The Legion Book (London 1929), and again in G.K.'s Weekly of September 24, 1936. The poem also appeared in the Chesterton Review, May 1990: Vol. 16 No. 2.


Michael of the Morning,
Michael of the Army of the Lord,
Stiffen thou the hand upon the still sword, Michael,
Folded and shut upon the sheathed sword, Michael,
Under the fullness of the white robes falling,
Gird us with the secret of the sword. 
 
When the world cracked because of a sneer in Heaven,
Leaving out for all time a scar upon the sky,
Thou didst rise up against the Horror in the highest,
Dragging down the highest that looked down on the Most High:

Rending from the seventh heaven the hell of exaltation
Down the seven heavens till the dark seas burn:
Thou that in thunder threwest down the Dragon
Knowest in what silence the Serpent can return.
 
Down through the universe the vast night falling
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the Morning!)
Far down the universe the deep calms calling
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the Sword!)


Bid us not forget in the baths of all forgetfulness,
In the sigh long drawn from the frenzy and the fretfulness
In the huge holy sempiternal silence
In the beginning was the Word.


When from the deeps of dying God astounded
Angels and devils who do all but die
Seeing Him fallen where thou couldst not follow,
Seeing Him mounted where thou couldst not fly,
Hand on the hilt, thou hast halted all thy legions


Waiting the Tetelestai and the acclaim,
Swords that salute Him dead and everlasting
God beyond God and greater than His Name.

Round us and over us the cold thoughts creeping
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the battle-cry!)


Round us and under us the thronged world sleeping
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the Charge!)
Guard us the Word; the trysting and the trusting
Edge upon the honour and the blade unrusting
Fine as the hair and tauter than the harpstring
Ready as when it rang upon the targe.


He that giveth peace unto us; not as the world giveth:
He that giveth law unto us; not as the scribes:
Shall he be softened for the softening of the cities
Patient in usury; delicate in bribes?


They that come to quiet us, saying the sword is broken,
Break man with famine, fetter them with gold,
Sell them as sheep; and He shall know the selling
For He was more than murdered. He was sold.


Michael, Michael: Michael of the Mustering,
Michael of the marching on the mountains of the Lord,
Marshal the world and purge of rot and riot
Rule through the world till all the world be quiet:
Only establish when the world is broken
What is unbroken is the Word.


PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Pope Leo XIIIImage via Wikipedia




Note: This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the
faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith, September 29, 1985.
Original Version of the Prayer to St. Michael the
Archangel written by
Pope Leo XIII in 1886











Sanctus Míchael Archángelus
Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael
Archángele, defénde nos in proelio advérsus príncipes et
potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum,
contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus.
Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem
similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio
magno.
Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi
trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna
felicitáte locándas.
Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus
nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae
nocére.
Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito
antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas
dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et
sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat
ámplius gentes.
Amen.





Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael
the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we
have to sustain against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of darkness, against
the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph
6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has
redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the
devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her
guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord
has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven.
Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan
beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men
captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our
prayers to the Most High, that without delay they
may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize "the
dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and
Satan," bind him and cast him into the bottomless
pit..."that he may no longer seduce the nations"
(Rev 20:2-3).