Devotion to St. Michael the Archangel
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Devotion to St. Michael
the Archangel

In 1917, Padre Pio made a pilgrimage to the oldest Shrine in Western Europe, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. He traveled with other townsfolk from San Giovanni Rotondo to pray to Saint Michael in the Holy Grotto. On many occasions, Padre Pio would send penitents to the Shrine to pray for the intercession and protection of Saint Michael for the salvation of their souls. He encouraged his spiritual children to have devotion to the Holy Archangel, because “you will need the help of Saint Michael living in this world!”

The Chaplet of St. Michael

In a revelation to Sister Antonia d’Astonaco, approved in 1851, St. Michael promised the following benefits to those who would pray often the nine special invocations to the nine Choirs of Angels, to honor him and to Glorify God: an Angel from each choir will accompany you as you approach Holy Communion, and, along with Saint Michael, Holy Angels will provide continual assistance during your lifetime. After death, you will be delivered from Purgatory. These benefits and blessings are extended to your direct family.

The Chaplet of Saint Michael and instructions on how it is prayed—along with the prayer from Monte Sant’Angelo included—is always available in the Centre’s Gift Shop online or when you visit. The Chaplet is beautifully made with crystal beads. The medal of Saint Michael has the Guardian Angel on the reverse, and the center medal has Saint Pio on the front with Our Lady of Grace on the reverse. Or, if you prefer, just go to our shopping page and follow the instructions.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. 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
Cast into hell Satan, and all evil spirits
Who prowl about the world
Seeking the ruin of souls.

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UPDATED 4/18/2020
Dear Devotees of St. Pio,
Due to the outbreak and quick spread of the Coronavirus in our area, all indoor visitor areas of the National Centre for Padre Pio will be CLOSED to the public until further notice (visitors are still welcome to visit the Centre to pray at our outdoor shrines and candle prayer garden). Note that our offices will remain staffed; our phones are still up and running, and we will be here answering your calls and taking your prayer petitions to place on one of Padre Pio’s gloves. We will also continue to keep religious items available and fulfill orders, including Padre Pio Blessed Holy Oil, relic prayer leaflets, rosaries, medals, and scapulars. Additionally, we will continue to fulfill requests for Masses as well as for us to light votive candles to burn in our candle garden for your intentions. We may be reached at 610-845-3000 or from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

We especially invite you to join us in prayer every day, as we pray the Rosary, the Efficacious Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Prayer to St. Pio, and the Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus via live video each day at 11:30 AM EST, as well as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 PM EST. Simply click on the blue Facebook Icon at the top right of our homepage (note that you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch our broadcast; if you don’t have a Facebook account and don’t want to create one, simply click “Not Now” when prompted to create an account).

 Yours in Jesus, Mary, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina,

The Calandra Family, Executive Director Nick Gibboni, and the Staff of the National Centre for Padre Pio

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