Considering the role of police officers today, it is only fitting that their patron saint would be Saint Michael the Archangel . . . the greatest and most prominent angel in religious lore. The translation from Hebrew shows a meaning of: “who is like God” or “who is as God.” St. Michael has been characterized as a warrior, a protector, a healer, and a guardian. He holds numerous offices:
- chief of the virtues and archangels
- prince of the presence
- prince of the seraphim
- angel of repentance, righteousness, mercy, and salvation
Here’s the Prayer to St. Michael that I learned as a child:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice 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.
But were you aware that there is a longer version? Here is a link to the original, longer version.