From a reader:
We have had some talks in our Worship Committee meetings about adding the Prayer to St Michael to the end of the liturgy just before the recessional in similar manner to the Leonine Prayers in the 1962 Missal.
Inter oecumenici – Instruction on implementing liturgical norms Consilium (of Sacred Congregation of Rites) – September 26, 1964
48. Until reform of the entire Ordo Missae, the points that follow are to be
j. The last gospel is omitted; the Leonine Prayers are suppressed.
I know that the Ordo Reform is complete, and I don’t know if it would be licit for us to add this. I see it as an area of ‘mutual enrichment’ and was wondering if you or your readers know if it is OK or not.
It is no longer obligatory to pray the so-called "Leonine Prayers" after Mass.
But, remember… what you are talking about is after Mass…. after….
If the priest and people, after Mass, want to kneel before the altar where Mass was just celebrated and, after Mass, pray to St. Michael the Archangel – an approved prayer – then how can that be a violation of Inter Oecumenici?
No one is constrained to pray after Mass. They ought to, even briefly. But…. no… hey wait… the St. Michael Prayer is a brief prayer, right?…. hmmm…
Furthermore, is it really possible to object to Christians praying approved prayers together?
Moreover, can you think of a more appropriate prayer for our times?
Bottom line… yes, after Mass people can pray together in church with their priest for the needs of the world and their loved ones.