Antique Catholic CHURCH BOOK, by P. Josef Neustifter 1897
Gebet- und Erbauungsbuch für katholische Schriften von P. Josef Neustifter 9 August 1897.
Prayer and devotional book for Catholics in German text. Bakelite hardcovers with ornamentation, inlay of mother pearl. 447 pages. Page 2: der heilige father Leo XIII Pope Leo XIII added it in 1886 to the Leonine Prayers, which he had directed to be said after Low Mass two years earlier. The practice of reciting these prayers after Mass was suppressed in 1964. However, Pope John Paul II referred to the St Michael prayer in his Regina Coeli address of 24 April 1994 as follows: "May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: 'Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might' (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the last century, he brought in, throughout the Church, a special prayer to St Michael: 'Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil...' Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world."
Size: 8x 10.5 x 3 cm. Condition: bindings good, minimal stains.