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Safeguarding Saints Day: St Michael the Archangel

September 29

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St Michael is the Archangel who leads and supports us in the battle against ‘the world, the flesh and the devil’. Through the power of God, he is victorious against evil – and that makes him one of our ‘Safeguarding Saints’.

There is a well-known prayer to invoke St Michael’s protection …:

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of 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 down to hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

If you have information of a safeguarding nature where a child or adult at risk is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call emergency services on 999. Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding can be contacted in confidence by email via – or speak to our Safeguarding Team on 0113 2618046. Anyone who brings concerns or allegations to the notice of the Church will be responded to sensitively, respectfully and seriously. All concerns and allegations will be addressed using the Church’s national procedures and in a timely manner. The Catholic Safeguarding Standard Agency (CSSA) can also be contacted on 0207 901 1920 or via email at

St Michael, Archangel: pray for us.