What I discovered this summer, however, is that because I became Catholic in the early 1970s, I wasn’t taught formalized prayer. I did not have the experience of the ‘Confessional’, but an experience of open Reconciliation. I missed some of the rituals and practices that were formerly viewed as a bit ooogggey booogey by some non-Catholics.
I found that while traveling to eastern Canada this summer, there were traditions of prayer that I felt lacking in and have decided that I want to learn some of the memorized prayers that some traditionalists are familiar with. I loved these prayers as I heard them recited by priests and congregations in Prince Edward Island and Ontario. I will incorporate some of these prayers on this page as I go.
In Belleville, Ontario I attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church. The ritual that struck me as particularly beautiful was that before the liturgy of the Mass began, the priests came into the church, knelt at the front pews and led the congregation in prayer. It was ‘magical’ and a beautiful sense of community and faith was in the very air I breathed. At the conclusion of the Mass, the congregation again, prayed in unison, the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. It was so remarkable that it gave me chills. This is a prayer I am putting to memory.
|Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.