Padre Pio and Chiesa viva
- Our Patron and Padre Pio's -
St. Michael of St. Michael's Basilica, Monte S. Angelo,
Oh most Noble Prince of the Angelic Hierarchies
valorous warrior of Almighty God,
and zealous lover of His glory,
terror of the rebellious angels,
and love and delight of all the just ones,
my beloved Archangel Saint Michael,
desiring to be numbered among thy devoted servants,
I, today offer and consecrate myself to thee,
and place myself, my family,
and all I possess under thy most powerful protection.
I entreat thee not to look at how little, I,
as thy servant have to offer,
being only a wretched sinner,
but to gaze, rather,
with favorable eye at the heartfelt affection
with which this offering is made,
and remember that if from this day onward
I am under thy patronage,
thou must during all my life assist me,
and procure for me the pardon of my many grievous offenses,
and sins, the grace to love with all my heart my God,
my dear Savior Jesus and my Sweet Mother Mary,
and obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown
Defend me always from my spiritual enemies,
particularly in the last moments of my life.
Come then oh Glorious Prince and succor me in my last struggle,
and with thy powerful weapon cast far from me
into the infernal abysses that prevaricator
and proud angel that one day thou prostrated
in the celestial battle.
Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battle
so that we may not perish in the last Judgment.
Grotto of St. Michael at the Basilica of Mont St. Michael
We have chosen St. Michael of the Gargano Mountains as our patron because many times, when dealing with troubled souls, Padre Pio would recommend a visit to the Basilica of St. Michael on Mont St. Angelo not far from San Giovanni Rotondo. Often times, he would hand them a prayer to St. Michael - encouraging them to have a devotion to him. In these troubled times, we should all take heed to Padre Pio's advise and call upon St Michael for help.
History of Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano Mountains
“ TO THE PRINCE OF THE ANGELS, CONQUEROR OF THE PLAGUE
PATRON AND GUARDIAN, WE PLACE THIS MONUMENT, IN ETERNAL GRATITUDE”
Father Alessio Parente, a Capuchin friar who took care of Padre Pio the last six years of his life, was quoted as saying that the devil came every day to beat Padre Pio. When this would occur the whole monastery would shake. He would know what was happening and quickly run to Padre Pio’s room to find him in a pool of blood on the floor severely beaten. Padre Pio suffered these beatings for the salvation of souls. When Padre Pio would cry out for Jesus to have mercy on him, St. Michael would then appear and Satan would leave him. St. Michael along with the Blessed Mother and St. Francis of Assisi and his Guardian Angel were his daily companions. Therefore as St Michael was a special guardian of Padre Pio in life, would he not be his guardian in his final repose? As Padre Pio is quoted as saying, “I will make more noise when I am dead than when I was alive!” Perhaps, in the great noise he will make, St Michael will be there as ready as ever to assist him in his battles with Satan!
Padre Pio and St. Michael
defend us in our daily battles!
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