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The 9 Choirs Of Angels: The Saints And Their Guardian Angels.

The 9 Choirs Of Angels: The Saints And Their Guardian Angels.


THE 9 CHOIR OF ANGELS

The Guardian Angels:

Guardian Angels are appointed by God to watch over every soul born into the world. They are assigned that role at the moment of conception. Their ultimate function are to lead individuals to Heaven by defending them from evil, helping in prayer, suggesting good thoughts etc. The Angel acts upon the senses and the imagination, but not directly upon the will-here, human co-operation is required (Cath. Dictionary).

The ministry of Guardian Angels involves: 

First, warding off dangers to body and soul; 

Second, in preventing Satan suggesting evil thoughts, and in removing occasions of sin and helping us to overcome temptation; 

Third, in enlightening and instructing us and fostering in us holy thoughts and pious desires; 

Fourth, in offering to God our prayers and in praying for us; 

Fifth, in correcting us if we sin, 

Sixth in helping us in the agony of death, in strengthening and comforting us; 

Seventh, in conducting our souls to Heaven, or to Purgatory to console us there. Not only do they watch over us, they see in their charges, souls of priceless value since we are redeemed by the Most Precious Blood of Christ (cf. The Precious Blood and the Angels).

After God, and His Holy Mother, our Guardian Angel is our best friend. Some revelations (see Dr. Evens,’ USA) say that our Guardian Angels give God, a daily report of our activities, hardships and progress in spiritual life. Our Lady said we will be held accountable for keeping our Guardian Angels idle – by not praying to him.

According to Ancilla Domini, Guardian Angels of persons, who are called to suffer much, are very reserve companions active as other Guardian Angels. Usually they appear dressed in red and wear a small crown, while other Guardian Angels are dressed in white, with a joyful expression and a beautiful crown on their head. From the latter are assigned to innocent souls and act as servants rather than companions.

Guardian Angels of sinners have a beautiful majestic bearing. Their garments are of a deep red colour, with a crown on their head, their arms folded across the breasts and their faces turned upward towards Heaven, with an imploring and painful expression, indicating how greatly a mortal sin offend God. Holy souls who live in unchristian surroundings (e.g. northern Nigeria Christians) and those with special missions, receive special Angels from God.

Ancilla Domini stated that, our Guardian Angels will forever be our companion in Heaven, as their joy is greatly increased when the one they guide, make it to Heaven. That is not to say that Guardian Angels of lost souls are deprived of joy. No. they enter Heaven and have their share of joy. God in His justice increases their joy and assigns them to the special Guard of the Queen of Angels-Regina Angelorum.

The Guardian Angels of children are exceedingly lovely. Their garments are light blue, decorated with pearls, and a wreath of beautiful everlasting roses surround the head, with hands always folded in prayer and their eyes continually directed to Heaven. 

“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 who is in Heaven.” (Matt 18:10).


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St. Gregory the great was informed by his Guardian Angel of God’s decision that he will become Pope. He was assisted by him as well: “Fear not, Gregory. God sent me to you to tell you that you would obtain everything you asked for through my service. As I was the cause of your being raised to the Chair of Peter, I shall also protect and preserve you in this position until death.”

An Angel Rescues the Apostles:


“And they laid hands on the Apostles and put them in the common prison. But an Angel of the Lord, by night opening the doors of the prison and leading them out said: 
Go, stand and speak in the Temple to the people all the words of this life.” (Acts 5:18-20).

St. Peter deliverance by an Angel:

“Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between the two soldiers, bound with two chains and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shunned in the room. And he striking Peter on the side, raised him up saying: ‘Arise quickly.’ And the chains fell off from his hands. And the Angel said to him: Gird thyself and put on thy scandals. And he did so. And he said to him cast thy garment about thee and follow me’. And going out he followed him. And he knew not that it was true which was done by the Angel: but thought he saw a vision. And passing through the first and the second, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them. And going out they passed through one street. And immediately the Angel departed from him.” (Acts 12:5-10).

St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelic Doctor

The Angelic Doctor was locked up in captivity for a year because his family wanted him to be a Benedictine, rather than, the ‘despised’ Dominican he wanted to be. They went as far as bringing an evil woman into his chamber in order to make him unchaste. But the Saint drove her away with a flaming brand. 

He then prayed for perpetual chastity. In prayer, he fell into ecstacy, two Angels appeared to him and girded him in perpetual chastity with a miraculous cord saying: “We have come from God to invest thee with the girdle of perpetual chastity. The Lord has heard thy prayer and that which human fraility can never merit is ensured to thee by the irrevocable gift of God.” The Angels tied him so tightly that he screamed. He kept this event secret and only revealed it to his Confessor on his death bed. Since then, the spirit of darkness have never approached him. During this captivity, he memorized the entire Bible, and other four Books – the Sentences, the theological book of the time. Priests who are devoted to him tie a cord and recite 15 Hail Marys daily for Purity. The Cord, the Angels tied him, he wore till death. It is still preserved at the convent of Chieri in Piedmont.

St. Francis de Sales noticed that a newly ordained priest hesitated before a door, as if to let someone pass before him. On questioning, the young priest replied: “God favours me with the sight of my Guardian Angel. Before I was ordained to the holy priesthood, my Angel has remained by my right and preceded me. Now he walks at the left and refuses to go before me.” This is because of his priestly dignity.

St. Gemma Galgani’s Guardian Angel often helps her to deliver her letters! 

Abraham entertained Angels. Lot too. They foretold Isaac’s birth and delivered Lot from the destruction that befell Sodom and Gomorah (Gen 18 and 19). An Angel ordered Agar to return to her mistress (Gen 16:7-9) and prevented Abraham from sacrificing Isaac (Gen 22:11-13).

Both St. Clement and St. Gregory the great and many great writers say that every country, every city, every town and village, every parish and family has a special Guardian Angel. 

For instance St. Francis Xavier was known to invoke the Guardian Angel of every country and city in which he preached the holy Gospel, and always commended new congregations he won to the Faith, to the protection of the holy Angels. Two Angel warriors repelled the Saxons when they invaded a Church dedicated to St. Boniface, as they appeared in wonderous beauty and strength!

St. Rose of Lima, who lived a life of sanctity, and many Saints saw and spoke with their Guardian Angels.

To the Precious Blood Seer, Our Lady told this: “…Children, you have Guardian Angels, but you do not believe in their loving and caring presence. I mean the Pentecostal churches. This makes them claim to see more of evil spirits than their Guardian Angels who are sent to defend them. The Presence of your God which is everywhere, cannot be recognized by them. The war, which the heavenly Army fights day and night is what they claim to be doing by shouting. The evil one can only be bechased out from one place to another.

This is what the heavenly Army is doing for you. Only in the Reign of Glory shall the evil spirits be chained for years, before their final destruction at the end of the world. The evil spirits are in the world as air is in the world, so also the Angels of peace. The evil spirits have no power over the holy ones. Learn these things and escape from the bondage of fear caused in the world by the Pentecostals. I have told you that your victory comes from the power of humility and the fire of purity. Attached to the world is a restless man.

Learn today that your God cares for you. He sees your movements. His Angels are beside you. You are to know this and talk to your Guardian Angel. No power of darkness is stronger than your Guardian Angel. He has power to rescue you from all troubles, if only you will remain pure and be a friend of your God… The battle is not yours. You are not the defender of your lives. Take the simple prayer of the Church against evil spirits, it is enough. Say your normal prayers and spend more time in adoration. You will find peace.

This Pentecostal world has come to drive the whole world into the error of faithlessness. They have come to put the world into the bondage of fear. They have come to put off the holy adoration to God and replace it with noisy gatherings. My deepest sorrow is that the Holy Church of My Son has being enveloped in these errors.” (Our Lady 11/1/02).

If for a good reason, you are unable to attend Mass, you can send your Guardian Angel to attend Mass on your behalf and enable you get the grace. The Church has always had a prayer for that:

Send Your Guardian Angel to Holy Mass:

O holy Angel at my side, Go to Church for me. Kneel in my place at Holy Mass where I desire to be. At offertory, in my stead. Take all I am and own. And place it as a sacrifice upon the altar throne. At holy consecration’s bell, adore with Seraph’s love My Jesus hidden in the Host come down from heaven above. Then pray for those I dearly love, and those who cause me grief. That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts and suffering souls relieve. And when the priest Communion takes, Oh, bring my Lord to me. That His sweet Heart may rest on mine. And I His Temple be. Pray that this Sacrifice Divine may mankind’s sins efface. Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home, the pledge of every grace. Amen. Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom Gods love commits us here, ever this day/night, be at my side, to light guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
 

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says: “… if the flesh draws the soul, the soul will tend towards evil and grow weak. The power for righteous will begin to diminish. If nothing helps the soul to rise, the soul will eventually reach the zero point. At this point, all the spiritual beauty and strength will have gone. This is the rotten stage of the souls. The Angels call the being, the Rotten Being. This is true because, in such a being diffuses the rotten smell of iniquity. Oh no wonder why My Angels stay far from such a Being! His character is evil; his words are rotten, his thoughts are rotten as well. He gives out the rotten smell of iniquity, which scares my Angels away” (Jesus to the Precious Blood Seer 26/7/02).

“I saw that whenever an Angel withdraws, a demon steps in”. (Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich).

“Try to understand that God knows all about you. He hears you, sees you, know you. Each person is considered separately by God as a unique person with unique ways and interests. Do not think that God does not pay attention to you or know you. He knows you better than you do yourself. For billions of people with souls, He chooses a Guardian Angel and that Angel reports continually to God about you. Sometimes it is painful for the Angel to report, but He does so as God requires. But God knows all the Angel says before He says it. God knows all about everything…. He hears your cries for help and your Guardian Angels explain all in your lives to Him continually. Yes, it is hard life He seeks from some of you.” (Our Lady and St. Joseph to Dr. Evens).

The Angels, specially so called, close the last Choir of the Spirits of light. They are the ordinary messengers sent to men and from their ranks our own Guardian Angels are usually chosen. They mirror in a very particular way the goodness of God toward us. They are ever ready to go wherever the Will of God sends them, and they minister to all, just and sinner alike. They have a true sense of values and they know that to serve God in any capacity is a very great honor. Let us frequently invoke their help as they are most happy to be of service to us, as they are our lifelong companions.

There are other Angels given to individuals whom God assigns specific or crucial tasks or mission. Such individuals receive the Angels in addition to their Guardian Angels.

Most holy Angels be ever for us the Guardians of our safety and salvation, and since we were redeemed by the Divine Blood, obtain for us the grace of final perseverance.

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen.

13 Quotes From The Saints That Reveal The ‘Hidden Life’ Of Angels. 

13 Quotes From The Saints That Reveal The ‘Hidden Life’ Of Angels. 

1. When mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless Angels who adore the divine Victim immolated on the altar”. 

-St. John Chrysostom. 

2) “Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life”. 

-St. Basil the Great. 

3) “Those closest to God in Heaven, the Seraphim, are called the fiery ones because more than the other Angels they take their fervor and ardor from the intense fire of God”.

-St. Robert Bellarmine. 

4) “When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the Devil and do not be afraid of him: he trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel”.

-St. John Bosco. 

5) “How happy is that Guardian Angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!”

-St. JohnMary Vianney. 

6) “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly”.

-G. K. Chesterton. 

7) “If the Angels could envy, they would envy us for Holy Communion”.

-St. Pius X. 

8) “We should show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the father”.

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux. 

9) “Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. Without being seen, they are present with you”.

-St. Francis De Sales

10) “I have great reverence for Saint Michael the Archangel; he had no example to follow in doing the will of God, and yet he fulfilled God’s will faithfully”. 

-St. Faustina Kowalska. 

11) “The powers of Hell will assail the dying Christian; but his angel guardian will come to console him. His patrons and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the Devils, will come to his aid”.

-St. Alphonsus Liguori. 

12) “It was pride that changed Angels into Devil’s; it is humility that makes men as Angels”.

-St. Augustine. 

13) “Ask your Angel to console and assist you in your last moments”.

-St. John Bosco.


Prayer To My Guardian Angel. 

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day/night, be at my side, to light and guide, to rule and guide. Amen

20 Incredible Things Our Guardian Angels Do For Us

20 Incredible Things Our Guardian Angels Do For Us

 

Imagine you had a bodyguard who was always with you. He did all the usual bodyguard things like protecting you from danger, warding off assailants, and generally keeping you safe in all situations. But he also did more than this: he offered you moral guidance, helped you become a stronger person, and led you to your ultimate calling in life.

We don’t have to imagine it. We already have such a bodyguard. Christian tradition calls them guardian angels. Their existence is supported by Scripture and both Catholics and Protestants believe in them.

But too often we neglect to tap this great spiritual resource. (I, for one, am certainly guilty of this!) In order to better enlist the aid of guardian angels, it might help to have a better appreciation of what they can do for us. Here are 20 things:

1. Ward off demons

Sometimes we visualize moral decision-making as a debate between a bad angel whispering in one ear and a good angel speaking wisely in the other. There is a truth to this: according to St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the roles of the guardian angels is to fight off demons (Summa Theologica, Part 1, Question 113, Articles 2-6).

2. Protect us from harm

Guardian angels generally protect us from both spiritual and physical harm, according to Aquinas (Question 113, Article 5, Reply 3). This belief is rooted in Scripture. For example, Psalm 91:11-12 declares, “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”

3. Strengthen us against temptation

Guardian angels do not just ward off evil, they also strengthen us so we can do it ourselves. As St. Bernard says in a sermon, “As often, therefore, as a most serious temptation is perceived to weigh upon you and an excessive trial is threatening, call to your guard, your leader, your helper in your needs, in your tribulation; cry to him and say: ‘Lord, save us; we perish!’”

4. Embolden us

St. Bernard also says that with angels such as these at our side we should have no fear. We should have the courage to live out our faith boldly and confront whatever life might throw our way. As he puts it, “Why should we fear under such guardians? Those who keep us in all our ways can neither be overcome nor be deceived, much less deceive. They are faithful; they are prudent; they are powerful; why do we tremble?”

5. Intervene miraculously to save us from trouble

Guardian angels not only ‘guard,’ they also can save us when we are already in trouble. This is illustrated by the story of Peter in Acts 12, when an angel helps break the apostle out of prison. The story suggests that it is his own personal angel that has intervened (see verse 15). Of course, we cannot count on such miracles. But it’s an added comfort to know that they are possible.

6. Guard us from birth

Church Fathers once debated whether guardian angels were assigned at birth or at baptism. St. Jerome argued decisively for the former. His basis was Matthew 18:10, which is a crucially important Scriptural passage that supports the existence of guardian angels. In the verse Jesus says, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” The reason that we get guardian angels at birth is that their aid is associated with our nature as rational beings, rather than belonging to the order of grace, according to Aquinas (Question 113, Article 5, Answer).

7. Guard all of us—including unbelievers 

This conclusion follows from the above. Aquinas also makes this clear in explaining that God never leaves any of us, including sinners. As the great dogmatic theologian Ludwig Ott explained, “According to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptized person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth.” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI also taught that guardian angels are “ministers of the divine care for every human being.” (Thanks to Jimmy Akin for highlighting these sources.)

8. Remind us of the dignity of persons

This follows from all that has been said before. It is particularly evident from Matthew 18:10 where Jesus instructs us not to ‘despise’ the ‘little ones’ because they have angels watching over them. (I’m particularly indebted to Protestant preacher John Piper for pointing this out.) As St. Jerome puts it, “The worth of souls is so great that from birth each one has an angel assigned to him for protection.” 

Piper emphasizes how the presence of guardian angels should lead us to a greater respect for our fellow Christians: “Therefore don’t despise this simple, unimpressive disciple of Jesus! Let his angelic entourage remind you whose son he is.”

9. Remind us of God’s care for all

Aquinas explains how the angels operate in accordance with God’s providential plan for all men (Question 113, Article 6, Answer). It follows that these angels serve as a reminder of His care for us.

10. Bring our needs to God

Akin says that guardian angels act as intercessors who bring our requests directly to God based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:10 about angels beholding the face of God.

11. Bring us closer to God

It follows from the above that guardian angels also aid in bringing us nearer to God. Even when God seems distant, just remember that the guardian angel assigned to you personally is at the same time beholding God directly, as the Catholic Encyclopedia notes.

12. Move us to the good

Guardian angels also move us to the good. As Aquinas writes, “It is moreover manifest that as regards things to be done human knowledge and affection can vary and fail from good in many ways; and so it was necessary that angels should be deputed for the guardianship of men, in order to regulate them and move them to good” This includes prompting us to perform good works, according to Aquinas. (See Question 113, Article 1, Answer and Article 4, Objection 3.)

13. Reinforce God’s commands

According to Aquinas, one of the roles of our angelic guardians is helping us use our reason to pursue virtue. In particular, he says the angels help us in developing prudence by serving as God’s “universal instructor,” passing on God’s precepts (Question 113, Article 1, Reply 2).

14. Illuminate the truth

Angels “propose the intelligible truth to men” through sensible things, according to Aquinas (Question 111, Article 1, Answer). Although he does not elaborate on this point, this it is a basic teaching of the Church that the material world points to invisible spiritual realities. As St. Paul says in Romans 1:20, “Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.”

15. Strengthen our minds

A second way that angels enlighten us, Aquinas says, is by reinforcing our intellects. As he puts it, “[T]he human intellect as the inferior, is strengthened by the action of the angelic intellect” (Question 111, Article 1).

16. Communicate through our imagination 

In addition to working through our senses and intellects, our guardian angels also influence us through our imaginations, according to Aquinas, who gives the example of Joseph’s dreams (Question 111, Article 3, On the Contrary and Answer). But it might not be something as obvious as a dream; it could also be through more subtle means like a ‘phantasm,’ which could be defined as an image brought to the senses or the imagination (Question 111: Article 1, Answer; definition adapted from the Dictionary of Scholastic Philosophy by Bernard Wueller, SJ).

17. Influence our wills

Angels cannot directly move the will, but, according to Aquinas, they can indirectly influence it through our senses and intellect, as stated above (Question 111, Article 2 , Answer). This means that our guardian angels influence every part of our being for the better—our senses, intellect, and will.

18. Aid in our salvation

The ultimate goal of all that guardian angels do, is to aid in our salvation, according to Aquinas. “Angels are sent to minister, and that efficaciously indeed, for those who shall receive the inheritance of salvation, if we consider the ultimate effect of their guardianship, which is the realizing of that inheritance,” Aquinas writes (Question 113, Article 5, Reply 1). Here he is drawing from Hebrews 1:14, which states, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent to serve, for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”

19. Remind us of our ultimate goal

Inspired by Christ’s words in Matthew 18:10, St. Augustine suggests that guardian angels remind us that our ultimate goal is the beatific vision of God: “As, then, they see, so shall we also see; but not yet do we thus see. Wherefore the apostle uses the words cited a little ago, Now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. This vision is reserved as the reward of our faith; and of it the Apostle John also says, When He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:2. By the face of God we are to understand His manifestation, and not a part of the body similar to that which in our bodies we call by that name” (City of GodBook 22, Chapter 29).

20. Never leave us 

Guardian angels assume their duties at our birth and maintain them up to our death. For Aquinas, this is just an extension of the broader truth that we never completely leave God’s care, even in sin and doubt: “Now it is evident that neither man, nor anything at all, is entirely withdrawn from the providence of God: for in as far as a thing participates being, so far is it subject to the providence that extends over all being. God indeed is said to forsake man, according to the ordering of His providence, but only in so far as He allows man to suffer some defect of punishment or of fault. In like manner it must be said that the angel guardian never forsakes a man entirely…” (Question 113, Article 6, Answer).

Guardian Angels: 11 Amazing Facts Every Mortal Should Know 

Guardian Angels: 11 Amazing Facts Every Mortal Should Know 

Belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity

We owe much to our Guardian Angels, who most of the time guard and protect us without our knowledge

“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 who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).

October 2 is observed in the Catholic Church as the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. In 1670, Pope Clement X established this day in the universal calendar as a day to honor the angels who protect us each day.

While most of the attention this day is given to personal Guardian Angels, it is a tradition in the Church (taught by theologians such as Saint Thomas Aquinas) that all countries, cities, dioceses, and parishes have their own Guardian Angel.

They are fascinating creatures of God, shrouded with great mystery. On occasion newspapers will report on miracles when someone is saved from an accident by a mysterious figure, often never seen again.

We owe much to our Guardian Angels, who most of the time guard and protect us without our knowledge. They intervene quietly, fulfilling their task as humbly as possible.

To help us appreciate these “heavenly helpers,” here are 5 amazing facts about our Guardian Angels:


1) Who is a Guardian angel?

A guardian angel is a pure spirit (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned to guard a particular person, especially with respect to helping that person avoid spiritual dangers and achieve salvation.

The angel may also help the person avoid physical dangers, particularly if this will help the person achieve salvation.

Note that ‘Angel’ is the name of their office. They are actually pure spirits! 


2) Who has a Guardian Angel?

Every person in the world has a Guardian Angel (whether Christian or not). It is believed by theologians and is confirmed in the YOUCAT that “Every person receives from God a Guardian Angel” (n. 55).

This is consistent with Sacred Scripture, the teachings of Saints Thomas Aquinas, Basil and Jerome as well as experiences from non-Christians who believe they were helped by a Guardian Angel.

Mike Aquilina writes about such an experience from a friend he knew in his book Angels of God:

“A friend of mine, a noted Harvard-trained philosopher, was an unbeliever as a young man. One day he was swimming in the ocean, and the undertow swept him away. He knew he was drowning, with no hope of rescue, when suddenly a strong arm grabbed him and towed him to shore. His rescuer was a big muscle-bound guy. When my sputtering friend tried to thank him, the guy laughed at him—and then vanished. This marked a milestone on my friend’s road to conversion.”

Although it is certain that the faithful have guardian angels, it is commonly thought that they are even more widely available. Ludwig Ott explains:

According to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptized person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth [Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, 120].

This understanding is reflected in an Angelus address by Benedict XVI, who stated:

Dear friends, the Lord is ever close and active in humanity’s history and accompanies us with the unique presence of his Angels, whom today the Church venerates as “Guardian Angels”, that is, ministers of the divine care for every human being. From the beginning until the hour of death, human life is surrounded by their constant protection [Angelus, Oct. 2, 2011]. 


3) Where do we read about Guardian Angels in Scripture?

We see angels helping people on various occasions in Scripture, but there are certain instances in which we see angels providing a protective function over a period of time.

In Tobit, Raphael is assigned to an extended mission to help Tobit’s son (and his family in general).

In Daniel, Michael is described as “the great prince who has charge of your [Daniel’s] people” (Dan. 12:1). He is thus depicted as the guardian angel of Israel.

In the Gospels, Jesus indicates that there are guardian angels for individuals, including little children. He says:

See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven (Matt. 18:10).

4) What does Jesus mean when he says these angels “always behold” the face of the Father?

It may mean that they are constantly standing in his presence in heaven and able to communicate the needs of their charges to him.

Alternately, based on the idea that angels are messengers (Greek, angelos = “messenger”) in the heavenly court, it may mean that whenever these angels seek access to the heavenly court, they are always granted it and allowed to present the needs of their charges to God.


5) What does the Church teach about Guardian Angels?

Guardian Angels are appointed at the beginning of life. As the Catechism explains, “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession” (CCC 336). This statement leads some to believe (Saint Anselm for example) that angels are appointed at the very moment of the union of body and soul in the womb. If true (it is not dogmatically declared and is therefore up for debate), it would follow that women who are pregnant have two Guardian Angels watching over them and their child.


6) Guardian Angels have names, but God gives those names to them.

The Catholic Church has instructed us that:

“The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture.” (Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, The Directory of Popular Piety, n. 217, 2001).

The reasoning behind this is that a name contains a certain amount of authority over another person. If I know your name I can call you whenever I want and can feel a certain amount of authority over you. We do not have authority over our Guardian Angels. They only report to one commander: God Himself. We can ask for their assistance or help, but we should not feel like they are at our beck and call.

The Church then discourages us from naming our Guardian Angels as we may receive a name in prayer, but it may not be divinely inspired. It could be influenced by the devil or by our own human thoughts. We have only three names of angels confirmed in Scripture and so any other name we receive is difficult to confirm as inspired by God.


7) Are there dangers to watch out for in venerating angels?

The Congregation stated:

Popular devotion to the Holy Angels, which is legitimate and good, can, however, also give rise to possible deviations:

  • When, as sometimes can happen, the faithful are taken by the idea that the world is subject to demiurgical struggles, or an incessant battle between good and evil spirits, or Angels and demons, in which man is left at the mercy of superior forces and over which he is helpless; such cosmologies bear little relation to the true Gospel vision of the struggle to overcome the Devil, which requires moral commitment, a fundamental option for the Gospel, humility and prayer;
  • When the daily events of life, which have nothing or little to do with our progressive maturing on the journey towards Christ are read schematically or simplistically, indeed childishly, so as to ascribe all setbacks to the Devil and all success to the Guardian Angels [op. cit., 217].


8) We do not become Guardian Angels when we die. 

Contrary to popular belief, there is no way for us to transform into an angel after death. When we die, we may be separated from our bodies for the moment, but will be reunited with them at the end of time. We don’t become an angel while we wait. All Guardian Angels were created at the beginning of time in a single moment of creation.

Remember the words of God to the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5).

God had a Guardian Angel in mind for you when he created the world.


9) Guardian Angels are here to help us.

The Catechism describes a Guardian Angel as a “shepherd” who is meant to protect us and lead us into everlasting life. Their chief goal is to help us get to heaven, and we are encouraged to pray to them on a daily basis, asking their help in every need.


10) How can we thank them for the help they give us?

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments explained:

Devotion to the Holy Angels gives rise to a certain form of the Christian life which is characterized by:

Devout gratitude to God for having placed these heavenly spirits of great sanctity and dignity at the service of man;

An attitude of devotion deriving from the knowledge of living constantly in the presence of the Holy Angels of God;- serenity and confidence in facing difficult situations, since the Lord guides and protects the faithful in the way of justice through the ministry of His Holy Angels. Among the prayers to the Guardian Angels the Angele Dei is especially popular, and is often recited by families at morning and evening prayers, or at the recitation of the Angelus [Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 216].


11) What is the Angele Dei prayer?

Translated into English, it reads:

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

Amen.

This prayer is particular suited for devotion to guardian angels, since it is addressed directly to one’s own guardian angel.

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