5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
6But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
7And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
8But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
9Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,
10Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
11But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
13And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
14I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15For some are already turned aside after Satan.
16If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
17Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
18For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.Next Verse 19
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.