A Supplication to our Guardian Angel

"See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their Angels
in heaven always see the face of My Father."--Matt, xviii. 10


Sweet Angel of mercy!
By Heaven's decree
Benignly appointed
To watch over me!
Without thy protection,
So constant and nigh,
I could not well live;
I should tremble to die.

All thanks for thy love,
Dear companion and friend!
Oh may it continue
With me to the end!
Oh cease not to keep me,
Blest guide of my youth,
In the ways of religion
And virtue and truth.

Support me in weakness,
My spirit inflame;
Defend me in danger,
Secure me from shame,
That safe from temptation,
Or sudden surprise,
I may mount the straight path
That ascends to the skies.

When Satan his snares
For my ruin shall lay,
Be thou, gentle comrade,
My comfort and stay;
And in every event
That may happen to me,
Make all my desires
With thine to agree.

When I wander in error,
My footsteps recall,
Remove from my path
What might cause me to fall.
Preserve me from sin;
And in all that I do,
May God and His glory
Be ever in view.

O thou who didst witness
My earliest breath,
Be with me, I pray,
In the hour of death;
Console me in sadness,
Refresh me in pain,
And teach me how best
I may mercy obtain.

That, cleansed by confession
Complete and sincere,
From every defilement
Afflicting me here,
All glowing with love,
I may gladly depart.
With faith on my lips,
And with hope in my heart.

Nor then do thou leave me,
Angelical friend!
But at the tribunal
Of Judgment attend;
And cease not to plead
For my soul, till, forgiven,
Thou bear it aloft
To the Palace of Heaven.


"O Angel of God, whom God hath appointed to be my guardian,
enlighten and protect, direct and govern me."

(Indulgence of one hundred days each time.
Plenary once a month if said daily)






"Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love, commits me here, ever this night, be at my side, to light and to guard, to rule and to guide." Amen.

Guardian, Angels, Their Ministry
Catechism of the Council of Trent, Part IV

Angels are commissioned by Divine Providence to guard the human race and be present with every man to protect him from injury. As parents, when their children have occasion to travel a dangerous way, infested by robbers, appoint persons to guard and assist them in case of attack, so has our Heavenly Father placed angels over each of us, in our journey towards our heavenly country, that guarded by their vigilant care and assistance we may escape the ambushes and repel the fierce attacks of our enemies, proceed directly on our journey, secured by this guiding protection against the devious paths into which our treacherous enemy would mislead us, and pursue steadily the path that leads to heaven.

The important advantages which flow to the human race from this special superintending Providence, the functions and the administration of which are intrusted to angels, who hold a middle place between man and the Divinity, appear from numerous examples recorded in Scripture. These passages prove that angels, as the ministers of the divine goodness, have frequently wrought wonderful things in the sight of men, and they give us to understand that innumerable other important services are rendered to us by the invisible ministry of angels, the guardians of our safety and salvation.

The angel Raphael, who was appointed by God the companion and guide of Tobias, conducted him and brought him back safe again. He helped to save him from being devoured by a large fish, and pointed out to him the singular virtue of its gall and heart; he expelled the evil demon, and by fettering and binding up his power prevented him from injuring Tobias; he taught the young man the true and legitimate rights of marriage, and restored to the elder Tobias the use of his sight.

The angel who delivered the prince of the Apostles also affords abundant matter of instruction on the admirable advantages which flow from the care and guardianship of angels. To this event, therefore, the pastor will also call the attention of the faithful. He will point to the angel illuminating the darkness of the prison, awakening Peter by touching his side, loosing his chains, bursting his bonds, admonishing! him to rise, to take up his sandals and other apparel, and to follow him. The pastor will also direct their attention to the same angel restoring Peter to liberty, conducting him out of prison through the midst of the guards, throwing open the door of his prison, and ultimately placing him in safety without its precincts. The sacred Scriptures, as we have already observed, abound in examples which give us an idea of the magnitude of the benefits conferred on us by the ministry of angels, whose tutelary protection is not confined to particular occasions or persons, but extends to each individual of the human race, from the hour of his birth. In the exposition of this point of doctrine the diligence of the pastor will be rewarded with one important advantage: the minds of the faithful will be interested, and excited to acknowledge and revere the paternal care and providence of God.

They are the attendants of His heavenly court; they cease not to worship and adore Him day and night, saying Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. But He has given them also duties in regard to us. They are His messengers; they have charge of the Holy Church, of kingdoms and nations, and, moreover, of individuals. It is the teaching of Holy Church that at least each of the faithful enjoys the protection and aid of an angel guardian; and it is not in any way contrary to Holy Scripture to suppose that every child of man is thus protected. From the beginning the Catholic Church has honored the holy angels, has invoked them and solicited their aid; and it behooves us, dear brethren, to follow this example by being devout to our guardian angel. How consoling is the thought of princes of the heavenly court charged with the care of our souls and bodies; ever at hand to ward off temptation; to repulse the demons, to suggest good and holy thoughts, to protect us from bodily danger and accidents in our coming and going; to stand by us and care for us till at last they shall joyfully present our souls, redeemed and cleansed, before the throne of God to receive the reward. We should examine ourselves to see whether we have neglected and forgotten our angel guardian. It is to our interest to invoke him; to second his efforts by our earnest endeavors to avoid sin. How often we frustrate those endeavors by wilfully running into temptation! It is a matter of common gratitude, too, that we should remember him who has the charge of us; that we should thank him for his care, that we should try to live more in his presence. It is needless to say that the greatest spiritual good must be the result of such a practice. Remembering the presence of our guardian angel, we shall remember also the presence of God. We shall thereby be supported in temptation and restrained from sin; we shall be consoled in affliction and kept temperate in the time of joy: cultivating- the friendship of our celestial companion we shall be kept from harmful affection for the creatures of earth; more than any earthly guide and counsellor he will teach and lead us along the heavenly way, until the veil is taken from our eyes, and we shall behold at the last the angel of the Lord with whom we shall praise and bless the Father of us both forever in heaven.

Prayer:

O most faithful companion, appointed by God to be my guardian, my protector and defender, and who never leavest my side; how shall I thank thee for thy faithfulness and love, and for the benefits which thou hast conferred upon me? Thou watchest over me while I sleep; thou comfortest me when I am sad; thou liftest me up when I am down; thou avertest the dangers that threaten me; thou warnest me of those that are to come; thou withdrawest me from sin, and excitest me to good; thou exhortest me to penance when I fall, and reconcilest me to God. Long ago should I have been thrust down into hell, unless by thy prayers thou hadst turned away from me the anger of God. Leave me not, nor forsake me ever, I beseech thee; but still comfort me in adversity, restrain me in prosperity, defend me in danger, assist me in temptations, lest at any time I fall beneath them. Offer up in the sight of the Divine Majesty my prayers and petitions, and all my works of piety, and help me to persevere in grace, until I come to everlasting life. Amen.





Litany of the Angel Guardian
(for private devotions only)


Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us
God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us

Holy Mary, Queen of Angels,
Pray for us *

Holy Angel, my prince, *
Holy Angel, my monitor, *
Holy Angel, my counselor, *
Holy Angel, my defender, *
Holy Angel, my steward, *
Holy Angel, my friend, *
Holy Angel, my negotiator, *
Holy Angel, my intercessor, *
Holy Angel, my patron, *
Holy Angel, my director, *
Holy Angel, my ruler, *
Holy Angel, my protector, *
Holy Angel, my comforter, *
Holy Angel, my brother, *
Holy Angel, my teacher, *
Holy Angel, my shepherd, *
Holy Angel, my witness, *
Holy Angel, my helper, *
Holy Angel, my watcher, *
Holy Angel, my conductor, *
Holy Angel, my preserver, *
Holy Angel, my instructor, *
Holy Angel, my enlightener, *


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Hear us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Lord!

Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Angel Guardian.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:

Almighty, everlasting God, Who in the counsel of Thy ineffable goodness hast appointed to all the faithful, from their mother's womb, a special Angel Guardian of their body and soul grant, that I may so love and honor him whom Thou hast so mercifully given me, that protected by the bounty of Thy grace, and by his assistance, I may merit to behold, with him and all the angelic host, the glory of Thy countenance in the heavenly country. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.



Little Office of the Holy Angels


AT MATINS

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open Thou my lips,
And my tongue shall declare Thy praise.
O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

O Lord, permit us here to raise our voice;
And waft before Thy throne our feeble praise,
And thank Thee for those Angels whom Thy choice
Hath lent our weakness to direct its ways,
And free us from the envious foes that lurk
To spoil the beauty of Thy cherished work.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.


AT PRIME

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

For Satan, driven from the happy land
Where once he shone in splendor, ill can brook
The kindly justice of the Almighty hand,
That gives to man the throne that he forsook;
And seeks to drag into his own disgrace
Poor mortals thus designed to fill his place.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing unto Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.


AT TIERCE

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

Bright Spirit! whom a God supremely wise
Hath given to be the Guardian of this land,
Come, arm'd with all thy power from the skies,
And bear its children harmless in thy hand--
Safe from all evil that defiles the soul,
Safe from disunion's withering control.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.


AT SEXT

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

O Jesus! glory of the angelic Choirs,
Light of their brightness, sweetness of their bliss;
Thou Who didst leave a world where nothing tires,
To taste the pains and miseries of this;
Be these same pains, endured to set us free,
The germ of endless happiness with Thee.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.


AT NONE

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

Angel of peace! come, Michael, to our aid,
Thou who didst once chase discord from the sky;
Come, calm those boisterous passions that have made
Such havoc here as they have made on high;
Drive strife and rancor to their kindred gloom,
To Hell, their fitting, their eternal tomb.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.


AT VESPERS

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

Spirit of might! O Gabriel, display
Thy matchless power against our ancient foes;
Visit those sacred temples where we pray--
'Twas at thy potent word those temples rose;
Whose worship raised these shrines throughout the earth;
Thou wert the herald of His future birth.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.


AT COMPLINE

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

V. Convert us, O God, our Saviour.
R. And avert Thine anger from us.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.


HYMN

And Raphael! of the glorious seven who stand
Before the throne of Him Who lives and reigns;
Angel of health! the Lord hath filled thy hand
With balm from Heaven to soothe or cure our pains,
Heal or console the victim of disease,
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.



COMMENDATION

O holy Guardian! at thy feet
This wreath of humble flowers I lay;
O that their odor were as sweet
As he desires, who sings the lay,
Protect me at death's awful hour,
Receive my soul to thy embrace,
Rich with the wonders of thy power,
To thank, to praise thee, face to face.

Amen.


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