Consecration to St Michael and St Joseph

I was very struck by Friday’s ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, when Pope Francis, in the present of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, consecrated a new sculpture of St Michael in the gardens of Vatican City.

What really struck me was that, together with St Michael, he also consecrated the Vatican State to the guardianship of St Joseph.

When I was confirmed as a Catholic a little over 10 years ago, I chose two patrons (rather than one). I was baptised David Michael, so I chose St Michel as my first patron, but at the same time I was aware that in my new lay role my identity as a father was being reaffirmed. So I took the name of Joseph as well.

Taking Pope Francis’ address at the recent ceremony, I decided to compose a prayer of consecration to St Michael and St Joseph. Here it is:

St Michael the Archangel,
you are named “Who is like unto God?”.
You are the champion of God’s primacy,
of His transcendence and power.
Fight to re-establish divine justice;
and defend the People of God from its enemies,
especially our enemy, the devil.
In consecrating ourselves to you, Saint Michael the Archangel,
we ask you to defend us from the Evil One and to cast him outside.
Saint Michael, you triumph because it is God who acts in you.
Remind us that evil has been vanquished,
the accuser unmasked,
his head crushed,
because salvation was accomplished
once and for all in the Blood of Christ.
Even if the devil always tries to scratch your face and man’s face,
God is stronger;
the victory is his and his salvation is offered to every person.
May we be ever mindful
that we are not alone in life’s journey and trials;
Accompany and sustain us, Angel of God,
and offer your wings to help us surmount so many dangers,
to be able to fly high in regard to those realities
that can weigh down our life or drag us down.

We consecrate ourselves also to Saint Joseph,
the custodian of Jesus,
the custodian of the Holy Family.
St Joseph, may your presence make us stronger and more courageous
in making space for God in our life to overcome evil always with good.
We ask you to guard us, to take care of us,
so that the life of grace will grow every day more in each of us.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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2 Responses to Consecration to St Michael and St Joseph

  1. Matthias says:

    ah yes the blue car that I sometimes see in St Phillips car park when I attend Mass there.Paul Theroux in his DARK SAFARI was castigating gof NGO staff who drove around in large White Toyota land cruisers ,especially those belonging to BLURRED VISION (his descriptions). I was interviewed by phone call from france to run a large HIV project from Southern Sudan down to Kenya. I said if I got it I would ride a white painted bicycle with the NGO’s name- I did not get I think because local people got their noses out of joint due to france office ringing- egos in politics try the NGO sector too.

  2. Matthias says:

    And I just realised I should have posted in the next blog apologies- my excuse -left my glasses off.!!

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