“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 evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.
Michael’s words before fighting Lucifer
The words of Archangel Michael, immediately prior to fighting Lucifer and his angels in Heaven (Rv 12:7-9), after Lucifer had declared that he would not serve God:
“Worthy is the Highest of honor, praise and reverence, and of being loved, feared and obeyed by all creation. He is mighty to work whatever He desires.
He that is increate and without dependence on any other being, cannot seek any thing that is not most just.
To us He gave grace such as we have, creating us and forming us out of nothing. He can create other beings, as many and in what manner He pleases.
It is reasonable that we, submissive and prostrate in His presence, adore his Majesty and kingly grandeur. Come then, ye angels, follow me, let us adore Him, and extol His admirable and secret judgments, His most perfect and holy works.
God is most exalted and above all creatures, and He would not be the Most High, if we could attain or comprehend His great works. Infinite He is in wisdom and goodness, rich in the treasures of His benefits.
As Lord of all and needing none, He can distribute them to whomsoever He wishes, and He cannot error in the selection. He can love and confer His favor to whomsoever He chooses, and He can love whom He likes; He can raise up, create and enrich according as it is His good pleasure. In all things He will be wise, holy and irresistible.
Let us adore and thank Him for the wonderful work of the Incarnation which He has decreed, and for His favors to His people and for its restoration to grace after its fall.
Let us adore this Person endowed with the human and the divine nature, let us reverence It and accept It as our Head; let us confess, that He is worthy of all glory, praise and magnificence, and, as the Author of grace, let us give Him glory and acknowledge His power and Divinity.”
Lucifer’s pride and Michael’s battlecry
Lucifer responded, “Unjust is God in raising the human nature above the angelic. I am the most exalted and beautiful angel and the triumph belongs to me.
It is I who am to place my throne above the stars and who shall be like unto the Highest;
I will subject myself to no one of an inferior nature, and I will not consent that any one take precedence of me or be greater than I.”
But Michael answered, “Who is there like unto the Lord, who dwells in the heavens, or who to compare himself to Him?
Be silent, enemy, cease thy dreadful blasphemies, and since iniquity has taken possession of thee, depart from our midst, wretch, and be hurled in thy blind ignorance and wickedness into the dark night and chaos of the infernal pains.
But let us, O spirits of the Lord, honor and reverence this blessed Woman, who is to give human flesh to the eternal Word; and let us recognize Her as our Queen and Lady.”
(Source: Ven. Maria Agreda, The mystical city of God, pp. 104-105)