1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
2And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
3And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.
4Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
5And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died.
6So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together.
7And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, then they forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
8And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
9And when they had stripped him, they took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry tidings unto their idols, and to the people.
10And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.Next Verse 11
O Glorious Prince of the Heavenly Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible battle which they are waging against the principalities and Powers of the air, against the Dominators of this dark world, against all the Spirits of Evil. in help of man, Almighty created immortal, made in the aid of man, Almighty God created immortal, made in his image and likeness, and redeemed by a great price, from the tyranny of Satan.
Fight on this day the battle of the Lord, together with the angels of the saints, like the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who could not resist you and there was no place for them in heaven. That cruel old serpent, called the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was thrown into the abyss along with his angels. Look, this primitive and murderous enemy of man has taken hold. Transformed into an angel of light, he walks around the world with a multitude of perverse spirits, invading the earth to erase the name of God and Jesus Christ, seize, murder and cast the eternal perdition of souls to the crown of eternal glory This evil dragon sheds, like the most impure flood, the venom of his malice in the men of depraved mind and corrupt heart; the lying spirit of ungodliness, of blasphemy, and of the pestilent air of impurity, and of all vice and iniquity.
These astute enemies have filled and drunk with gall and bitterness this Church, the wife of the Immaculate Lamb, and have put their unholy hands in their most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place, where the seat of St. Peter and the seat of truth have been placed as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable wickedness, with the iniquitous design that when the Shepherd wounded by the sea, also the sheep may be injured.
Then arise, O Prince invincible, give help to the people of God against the attacks of the lost spirits. Give victory to the people of God: They worship you as their protector and patron; in you the glorious Church with the defense against the evil power of hell; God has entrusted to you the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitudes. Pray the God of peace, that he may put Satan under our children, defeated so that he can no longer keep man in captivity and hurt the Church. To offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that he may soon find mercy in the eyes of the Lord; and overcoming the dragon the ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan, you again put him captive in the abyss, so that there is no longer seduce the nations.