Monday, October 1, 2012

Feast of the Guardian Angels

The role of angels most pertinent to our spiritual lives is our guardian angel. Every person is given a guardian angel. We are never without our protector, and the more we request their help, the more he can help us. A guardian angel's roles are threefold: 1) angel of peace, 2) angel of penitence (or penance) and 3) angel of prayer.

As an angel of peace, they protect against danger, both bodily and spiritual threats. They also can give peace and comfort to the soul when undergoing tribulations, like Jesus during his agony in the Garden.

As an angel of penance or penitence, our angel has the office of chastising and correcting us when we stray from God's path. The angel also helps us in restoring our soul to health after we sin, helping us obtaining remission of our sins.

As an angel of prayer, the guardian angel presents our prayers to God, both liturgical and private prayers. "The angel, indeed, of each one, even of the little ones in the Church, always seeing the face of the Father who is in heaven and beholding the divinity of our Creator, prays with us and cooperates with us, as far as is possible, in what we seek" (Origen, De or., 11, 5).

"Have confidence in your guardian angel. Treat him as a lifelong friend — that is what he is — and he will render you a thousand services in ordinary affairs each day" (St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, no. 562).

Activity Source: Original Text (JGM) by Jennifer Gregory Miller

Little Litany of the Guardian Angels

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Holy angels of God:
Be with us always.

In all our journeys,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our studies,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our meditations,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our labors,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our pleasures,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our temptations,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our troubles,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our sufferings,
Holy angels, be with us.

In all our good deeds,
Holy angels, be with us.

In the hour of danger,
Holy angels, be with us.

In the hour of trial,
Holy angels, be with us.

In the hour of death,
Holy angels, be with us.

Let us pray:

O almighty and eternal God, send Thy holy angels to guard and protect us, and grant that we may see them in heaven. Amen

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