The Police Officer's
Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael, heaven's
glorious commissioner of police,
who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's
of all its
undesirables, look with kindly and professional
eyes on your earthly force.
Give us cool heads, stout hearts,
and uncanny flair for
investigation and wise judgement.
Make us the terror of burglars, the
friend of children and
law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores,
strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.
You know, Saint Michael, from your
devil that the police officer's lot on earth is not
always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so
pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the
devil, and your angelic
self-control give us inspiration.
And when we lay down our night
sticks, enroll us in your
heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the
throne of God as we have been to
guard the city of all