November 7, 2023

Eldress Galaktia and the Prayer to the Archangel Michael in Times of Trouble

According to her caregivers, Eldress Galaktia of Crete said the following about the Archangel Michael:

I was with the Commander of all and the entire military staff. All the officers came, but the First also came. A great and terrible loss! What will happen? Look... What is the enemy doing out there?

"If God is with us, who can be against us."

"Lord save your people and bless your inheritance."

Abnormal, abnormal, abnormal... Married, young and priestly. My eyes have seen many evils. Great evil will come. We fight to contain it. Everything will be sorted out in the end. Not one this way, the other that way. The Great General of the Heavenly Powers, the dark one (Michael) used to say:

"Since they don't talk about repentance and those who should are ashamed to speak of it, you tell the world to call out to me in times of trouble and to say to me:

A protector and helper we have in you,
the guardian and deliverer of my humble soul,
the First Commander and Great Taxiarchis Michael,
in the hour of danger, do come and help me."

Έχων σε προστάτην και βοηθόν,
φύλακα και ρύστην της ψυχής μου της ταπεινής,
Μιχαήλ Πρωτάρχα και Μέγα Ταξιάρχα,
εν ώρα του κινδύνου, σύ μοι βοήθησον.

(This Megalynarion, which was found in a manuscript in the Monastery of the Archangel Michael on the island of Symi, was a prayer Eldress Galaktia chanted many times a day.)

Source: From the book Η Οσία Γερόντισσα Γαλακτία της Κρήτης. Translation by John Sanidopoulos.

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