The Saint Michael chaplet has a fascinating history dating back to a vision of St. Michael to the Portuguese Carmelite Antonia d’Astonac that was approved by Pope Pius XI in 1851. Saint Michael entreated her to honor the nine choirs of angels with specific salutations, coupling each salutation with one Our Father and three Hail Mary’s.
St. Michael promised that whomever would practice this devotion daily would have his and all the angels’ assistance during their life, deliverance from purgatory for them and their family, and they would be accompanied with an escort of nine angels (one from each choir) whenever they go up to receive Holy Communion.
This chaplet is designed specifically for those who serve in America on our police forces, but also all those in our army and all first responders. The red, white and blue of our flag each stand for a different virtue; white for purity and innocence, red for hardiness and valor, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
Saint Michael has always stood as the protector of God’s people. He is first called by name in Daniel as the protector of Israel, and it is believed that every time an Angel of the Lord is mentioned in relation to Israel that it is Saint Michael. He is the Prince of the Heavenly host, leading the Angels in battle against the devil and his fallen angels.
He continues to protect God’s chosen people today; us in the Universal Church. And in a particular way, he is the patron of all those who are protectors.
The chaplet features silver oxidized beads imprinted with the Saint Michael image on one side and the Guardian Angel image on the other. You pray an Our Father on each of these beads.
On each colored bead of perfect red jade, smoky white quartzite, and vibrant blue agate, you pray a Hail Mary.
The bead sizes are roughly the same size as your standard rosary.
At 16 inches long, with 8mm beads, this chaplet is roughly the same size as your standard rosary. The chaplet is assembled with 49-strand steel beading wire, crimping beads, and wire protectors, so it is super strong and will last a lifetime of use. While I do strength test every rosary, it is still a handmade piece and prone to human error. So, should it break, simply gather all the beads you can find and contact me and I’ll gladly repair it for you for free sans shipping and the replacement of major beads (if you loose the spacers, don’t even worry about it).
The beading wire stretches slightly as it is used (this is normal – it wears in like good leather boots) so you will still be able to slide the beads along as you pray.
Features of the chaplet:
Center piece: 1″x3/4″ silver oxidized Saint Michael centerpiece with “Pray for us” on the reverse
Crucifix: 1-1/2″x1″ silver oxidized crucifix
Hail Mary beads: 8mm red jade, blue agate, white quatzite
Our Father beads: 8mm silver oxidized cross beads
Spacers: 4mm clear glass and silver plated spacers
— Have a particular color, devotion, size, or style of rosary/chaplet that you are looking for? Send me a message and I’d be happy to make a custom rosary just for you. —
You begin this chaplet with the Saint Michael centerpiece where you make the sign of the cross as you say “O God come to my assistance, O Lord make haste to help me. Glory Be to the Father…”
You begin to the left in the direction of the first Angel bead. Before each of these beads, pray the appropriate salutation, then continue with the Our Father and Hail Mary’s.
The 1st Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim, may it please God to make us worthy to receive into our hearts the fire of His perfect charity. Amen.”
The 2nd Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may God grant us the grace to abandon the ways of sin and follow the path of Christian perfection. Amen.”
The 3rd Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may it please God to infuse into our hearts a true and earnest spirit of humility. Amen.”
The 4th Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations, may it please God to grant us the grace to have dominion over our senses and to correct our depraved passions. Amen.”
The 5th Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may our Lord keep us from falling into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.”
The 6th Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may God vouchsafe to keep our souls from the wiles and the temptation of the devil. Amen.”
The 7th Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may it please God to fill our hearts with a spirit of true and hearty obedience. Amen.”
The 8th Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Archangels, may it please God to grant us the grace of perseverance in the faith and in all good works that we may thereby be enabled to attain unto the Glory of Paradise. Amen.”
The 9th Salutation: “Through the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may God vouchsafe to grant that they may protect us during life and after death may lead us into the everlasting glory of heaven. Amen.”
After the nine salutations, four final Our Fathers are said, each in honor for St. Michael the Archangel, St. Gabriel the Archangel, St. Raphael the Archangel, and your specific Guardian Angel respectively. These are the four white quartzite beads between the centerpiece and crucifix.
End with the Sign of the Cross or these final prayers:
St. Michael glorious Prince chief and champion of the Heavenly Hosts. Guardian of the souls of men, conqueror of the rebellious angels, steward of the Palace of God, under our Divine King Jesus Christ; our worthy leader, endowed with superhuman excellence and virtue; vouchsafe to free us from all evil, who with full confidence have recourse to thee; and by thy incomparable protection enable us to make progress everyday in the faithful service of our God. Amen.
V. Pray for us, O most blessed St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.
R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Eternal God, Who in Thine Own marvelous goodness and pity, didst, for the common salvation of men, choose thy glorious Archangel Michael, to be the Prince of Thy Church; make us worthy, we pray Thee, to be delivered by His beneficent protection from all our enemies, that at the hour of our death, none of them may approach to harm us; rather do Thou vouchsafe unto us that by the same Archangel Michael, we may be introduced into the Presence of Thy Most High and Divine Majesty. Through the Merits of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.