Traditional Anglo-Papist

28 February 2006

Leonine Prayers

Now here is a bizarre coincident. The following prayers are the Prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII. Pope Leo (well known to Anglicans as the author of Apostolicae Curae) composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. These prayers were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII.

Until Vatican II these prayers were in general use. A decade later, Pope Paul VI said, "satan has entered the sanctuary." Could the elimination of these powerful prayers with a ten year indulgence have played a huge part in allowing the devil such easy access?
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. (Said 3 times)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord.

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.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.


  • I remember saying the Leonine prayers after my first Mass. They are a little too "advanced" for regular congregational use here. Do you use them regularly?


    By Blogger frbader, at Thursday, March 02, 2006 2:30:00 PM  

  • They've been dropped at S. Clement's because the reasons for them (resolving the political dispute between the Pope and the newly unified Italy, and after that was done, for the fall of Communism) no longer exist, so SC's does what Rome presumably would have done if there'd been no conciliar changes.

    Though I wouldn't entirely dismiss a mystical interpretation of them, based on the alleged vision Pope Leo XIII had about Satan being given the run of the church for a century, as a reason to continue using them.

    By Blogger The young fogey, at Friday, March 03, 2006 3:43:00 AM  

  • Im convinced that the current situation in the Roman Church and Paul VI statement about the "smoke of satan" in the church are so because of a general disbelief and/or aknowledgement of the evil one in the Roman Church and the abolishing of the Leonine prayers as well as the newly reformed prayers of exorcism do not help the situation any.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, March 14, 2006 11:39:00 AM  

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