We have many intercessions which we voice at Mass on Sundays and really, every time we celebrate the Mass. Although there are many needs, they all appear to center on our lives and the lives of others. It would appear then, that a prayer which should be uttered every time we celebrate the Eucharist, is one begging for a respect for the dignity of all human life. We cannot pray for ourselves and be silent in speaking for those who have no voice. Therefore it is fitting, that during this month of October (a month designated as "Respect Life Month") we should begin to pray in a communal way for a respect for all life, from a natural beginning to a natural end.
Beginning the weekend of October 19th-20th we will begin to recite the "St. Michael the Archangel Prayer". The prayer is written below and is a powerful prayer asking the Angel who cast Satan from heaven, to restrain his activities in this life so that we might all be treated as God's children. The prayer will follow the dismissal after the people respond, "Thanks be to God." Some might argue that this will make the Mass longer, and they would be correct. Go ahead and time yourself. The Mass will now be twenty seconds longer.
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