O Rex Gentium: O King of the Nations
O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.
O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.
To all who have donated, to all who have prayed, to everyone who has sent me little notes and given advice and encouragement, I can’t tell you how encouraging and how helpful it has all been.
I wanted to thank you all again, and to say Merry Christmas. I’ll be away for a few days starting tomorrow until probably Tuesday.
But I wanted to leave you with one little bit of good news, that comes in the way of a silver lining. Please of your charity, pray for Bishop Morlino, one of the few and lonely. He has asked the entire diocese to start inserting the prayer to St. Michael into all Sunday Masses, and has encouraged the lay faithful to use this powerful prayer against the devil.
In case you’re new to the St. Michael prayer, here’s a bit of the background.
Saint Michael Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle,
be our safeguard 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, cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
May the Christ Child and his Holy Mother, St. Joseph and St. Gabriel the Archangel, St. Michael bless and keep you. St. Christopher and St. Raphael watch over your travels. St. Philip Neri, St. Francis de Sales, Sts. Benedict and Scolastica, St. Spes and St. Eutizio, St. Mary of Egypt and Bl. Margaret of Castello, all holy martyrs, virgins, confessors and penitents bless and protect you all through the new year.