The Angelic Crown
(IN HONOR OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL)
The Angelic Crown consists of nine groups of three beads each; between each group there is one large bead, and at the end four more large beads are added. A medal, representing the holy Angels is attached to the chaplet. On the small beads the "Hail Mary" is said and on the large beads the "Our Father."
The chaplet begins with the invocation: "Incline unto my aid, O God; O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be," etc.
Then follow nine salutations, one in honor of each choir of Angels. Before each salutation the Our Father is said once, the Hail Mary three times.
FIRST SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of the Seraphim, may it please God to make us worthy to receive into our hearts the fire of his perfect charity. Amen.
SECOND SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of the Cherubim, may God in his good pleasure, grant us grace to abandon the ways of sin, and follow the path of Christian perfection. Amen.
THIRD SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the sacred choir of the Thrones, may it please God to infuse into our hearts the spirit of true and sincere humility. Amen.
FOURTH SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of the Dominations, may it please God to grant us grace to have dominion over our senses, and to correct our depraved passions. Amen.
FIFTH SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of the Powers, may God vouchsafe to keep our souls from the wiles and temptations of the devil. Amen.
SIXTH SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the admirable heavenly Virtues, may it please God to keep us from falling into temptation, and may He deliver us from evil. Amen.
SEVENTH SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of the Principalities, may it please God to fill our souls with the spirit of true and sincere obedience. Amen.
EIGHTH SALUTATTON: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of Archangels, may it please God to grant us the gift of perseverance in the faith, and in all good works, that we may be thereby enabled to attain the glory of paradise. Amen.
NINTH SALUTATION: By the intercession of St. Michael and the heavenly choir of all the Angels, may God vouchsafe to grant us their guardianship through this mortal life, and after death a happy entrance into the everlasting glory of heaven. Amen.
The first of the four concluding Our Fathers said on the four large beads is to St. Michael, the second to St. Gabriel, the third to St. Raphael, the fourth to our angel guardian. Then the following Anthem and Prayer.
ANTHEM: Michael, glorious prince, chief and champion of the heavenly Host, guardian of the souls of men, conqueror of the rebel angels, steward of the palace of God under Jesus Christ, our worthy leader, endowed with superhuman excellence and virtues: vouchsafe to free us all from every ill, who with full confidence have recourse to thee; and by thy incomparable protection enable us to make progress every day in the faithful service of our God.
V. Pray for us, most blessed Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.
R. That we may be made worthy of his promises.
PRAYER: Almighty and Eternal God, who in thine own marvelous goodness and pity didst, for the common salvation of man, choose the glorious Archangel Michael to be the prince of the Church: make us worthy, we pray Thee, to be delivered by his beneficent protection from all our enemies, that, at the hour of our death, none of them may approach to harm us; rather do Thou vouchsafe unto us that by the same Archangel Michael, we may be introduced into the presence of thy most high and divine majesty. Through the merits of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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