Traditional Catholic Prayer For Insomnia

Often, I wake up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep.  What helps me, almost every time, is prayer.  First, I remember that a lot of evil is going on right at that moment, in the dark of the night.  So I start praying the St. Michael’s Prayer.  Michael_detail from the Last Judgment_WEYDEN, Rogier van der

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen

I say it over and over again, and usually, before too long, I am back asleep.

But, if that does not work, I have memorized my own saint’s litany of my favorites saints.  You can do the same thing.  Then I begin.  Usually before it is finished I am back asleep.  I just think of God or the saint’s name.  I do not say, pray for us.  Here is my litany.

Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Mary, St. Joseph,

St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, all archangels, cherubim, seraphim, all the guarding angels, my guarding angel.  Then I say the Angel of God my Guardian dear prayer.

guardian angel_PIETRO DA CORTONAAngel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side
to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

guardian-angel-437x504St. Peter, (My name’s sake), St. Paul, St. James, St. John, St. Andrew, St. Matthew, St. Thomas, St. Philip, St. James the lesser, St. Bartholomew, St. Simon, St. Jude.

St. Albert, (My middle name, I was born on his feastday), (I go on with all the Dominican saints I am devoted to), St Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Pius V, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Martin DePorres, St. Rose of Lima.

St. Francis, (All the Franciscan saints), St. Clare, St. Anthony, St. Leopold Mondig, Padre Pio, Junipero Serra, St. Maximillian Colbe.

St. Terese, (all the Carmelite saints), St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Edith Steiner, St. Titus Brandsma.

St. Patrick, St. Benedict, St. Scholastica,

St. Monica, St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, St. Athanasius,

St. Gregory, St. Vincent, St. Lawrence,

St. Dymphna, St. Benedict Labre, (saints for the mentally ill).

St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. Catherine Laboure,

St. Pius X.

St. John Bosco, St, John Vianney, St. John of God, St. John the Baptist.

You can make up what ever litany that you like and put it to memory.  It will not be hard to put to memory, because you already have a spiritual love for your particular saints.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have the help of God, Mary and all the saints.