The Archangel Saint Michael is one of the three best known archangels. An angel is a messenger, they do not have physical bodies as we do, but are creatures who praise God, act as messengers between God and man, and serve as guardians of nations, peoples and individuals. The name “Michael” means “who is like God” and he was recognized as the leader of the Army of God.  He is the leader of heaven’s forces in the victory over the powers of Satan and has been honored as the protector of the Church and Christians.

The Catholic Church in Toronto has been under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel from the very beginnings of the Archdiocese.

On Sunday April 24th 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended this prayer be used by all Catholics as a prayer for the Church when he said: 

'"May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle we are told about in the Letter to the Ephesians: 'Draw strength from the Lord and from His mighty power' (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."'

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 Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.