Typically with these prayer. Its actually a brief summary of a far longer prayer thats used as a frequently for exorcism. Its so powerful a prayer of protection and for combating demons that a Pope summarized it into the above version for the general public to use without needing any special consecration and knowledge while at the same time still being effective for protection against demons and other evils. YES Catholics actually believe you can repel evil spirits just saying this prayer. Actually inaccurate statement but a good one liner to sum up how the Saint Michael the Archangel prayer works. Lots of eye cases of the laity including people who never been to church for years saying this prayer when they witness some evil entity including confirmed demons attacking them and then suddenly the foul entity being unable to continue attacks, if not even fleeing the location Permanently from some unconfirmed anecdotes I read. How do Anglicans view the shortened prayer especially its supposed automatic protection upon recitation? Demonic harassment is believed to have gotten so strong in recent years that now entire Catholic churches not only teach this prayer and say it in mass but might even give out post cards or some written record of it to the people in mass that they can take home for practise. Thats how serious Rome now beleives Satan's grip of the world has become. The full long version is so powerful that some priests believe its too dangerous for non- clergy to use which is why a pope created the shortened version. Long original full prayer is only typically used in the worst of attacks from the devil and his legions. So what take can Anglican bring on this? Is it really as powerful as the Vatican proclaims?