, Pope Leo
XIII finished saying Mass. He turned to step down the stairs and
collapsed, falling into what was thought to be a coma or even death.
The priests and even cardinals rushed to his side, fearing
the worst. The Pope rose, and was visibly shaken. He looked traumatized,
and rushed back to his apartment where he immediately wrote a Prayer of
Leonine Exorcism – the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to "protect us
in battle." He then mandated this prayer to be said after every Mass from
that point forth.
The Mystical Ecstasy
Pope Leo did not die. Allegedly, he fell into what is
known as a mystical ecstasy. Upon his recovery he revealed that he heard a
confrontation between Satan and Jesus coming from in front of the
He reported that he heard a deep gruff voice which the
Pope identified as Satan, boasting that he could destroy the Holy Catholic
Church and have the whole Church under his domain if only he "had more
time and more power."
He heard a gentle, masculine voice say, "How much time...
how much power?"
The deep voice replied "One hundred years, and power over
those who would give themselves in service to me."
He heard Jesus say, "So be it."
The Pope reported that he then saw a horrifying vision of
the evil demons all being released from hell. He also said that at the
last minute, he saw St. Michael come and drive them back into hell.
Original Prayer to St. Michael
He returned directly to his room and wrote the Leonine
Exorcism. The Pope feared that Satan would attempt to destroy both the
Church, the deposit of faith, and the Dogmas of the Church. To try to
protect the Church and all families, he wrote a prayer for a powerful
intercession by the great St. Michael the Archangel.
Between 1882 and 1902 Pope Leo also wrote 12 Encyclicals
on the Rosary. It was if he was saying "Here is the answer... here is the
weapon against Satan... the power of the Rosary.... put yourself in the
hands of the Mother of God."
In 1934, however, Pope Leo's intercessory prayer was
changed without explanation. It was replaced by an abbreviated Prayer to
St. Michael, which still is powerful but not as strong as the original.
The new prayer reads, "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, thrust into hell Satan and all evil
spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."
This is a very holy prayer, but not the original Prayer to
St. Michael that Pope Leo composed and ordered to be recited at every
Mass. It is believed that Church authorities substituted this new prayer
to keep people unaware of the incredible content and events of the
original prayer. Later, the Church also withdrew the "mandate" to say even
this modified prayer after every Mass.
Satan's Power is Breaking
Many Catholics believe that Satan has targeted a
systematic dismantling of the traditional Roman Catholic Church, including