Thursday, September 29, 2011

Taxiarch Michael

Michael the Archangel. Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai, Egypt. 1200s


In the west we refer to the Michael and Gabriel as archangels. These two, amongst the Greeks are called 'ταξίαρχος (taxiarchos)', brigadiers, for they are leaders of the heavenly host.

Sáncte Míchael Archángele,
defénde nos in proélio,
cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.
Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur:
tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis,
Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos,
qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo,
divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde.

Prayer to St. Michael

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.

nota bene: there is more than one english translation using equivalent word substitutes, e.g.
ruin = perdition

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