'Prayer to Saint Michael' is a solo for Euphonium, composed for the Wantage Band and inspired by the life of a young Johann Sebastian Bach, who following the death of both parents by the age of only 10 moved to live with his older brother - Johann Christoph Bach - who was the church organist at St Michael's Church in Ohrdruf. It was in this church where Bach spent many hours studying and performing, being instructed by Johann Christoff on the clavichord.
Within 6 years, the young Bach had been enrolled in the prestigious St Michael's School in Luneberg.
"St. Michael the Archangel, illustrious leader of the heavenly army,
defend us in the battle against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of the world of darkness and the spirit of wickedness in high places.
Come to the rescue of mankind,
whom God has made in His own image and likeness,
and purchased from Satan's tyranny at so great a price.
The Holy Church venerates you as her patron and guardian.
The Lord has entrusted to you the task of leading the souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness.
Entreat the Lord of peace to cast Satan down under our feet,
so as to keep him from further holding man captive and doing harm to the Church.
Carry our prayers up to God's throne,
that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come and lay hold of the beast,
the serpent of old, Satan
and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss,
so that he can no longer seduce the nations. Amen."