ASK FATHER: Was St. Michael Prayer after Mass suppressed by Vatican II?
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From a reader…
I recently heard a priest announce to his congregation that the St. Michael Prayer had been “suppressed” by Vatican II. [No.] People could still pray it privately, but it could not be recited in congregation after mass. Is this correct? This was at a Novus Ordo mass, not the Extraordinary Form.
Interesting. I was just talking about this issue not long ago with a priest friend.
Vatican II did not suppress the St. Michael Prayer.
The Sacred Congregation of Rites, in the 1964 instruction on the implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium called Inter Oecumenici, said:
j. The last gospel is omitted; the Leonine Prayers are suppressed.
Of course the St. Michael Prayer, by itself, is not the sum and total of the Leonine Prayers. It is only one of the Leonine Prayers. So, that 1964 suppression is irrelevant to the recitation of the St. Michael Prayer by itself.
Also, I think we can say about Inter Oecumenici, who cares? We have had several editions of the Roman Missal since then, including massive overhauls in 1965 and 1969 and an edition that had to be immediately withdrawn because it had heresy in the introduction. We now also have a desirable process of “mutual enrichment” underway with Summorum Pontificum.
Moreover, in 2013, the Bishops Conference of the Philippines authorized the St. Michael Prayer for use in all churches nationwide and recommended its use especially in troubled regions. HERE I am not sure that they had to authorize it for it to be used after Mass. It’s after Mass, after all. However, they put their official stamp of approval on the practice.
In these USA, the great Bp. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield did the same for his diocese in 2011. HERE
In a 1994 Regina Caeli Address, St. John Paul II – who should be named Doctor of the Church – recommended that people pray the St. Michael prayer for the