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Feastday October 2

THE  HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS

Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee,
and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place
that I have prepared.
Take notice of him, and hear his voice,
and do not think him one to be contemned:
for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned,
and my name is in him.
But if thou wilt hear his voice, and do all that I speak,
I will be an enemy to thy enemies,
and will afflict them that afflict thee.
And my angel shall go before thee.

                                                                    ~  Exodus 23:20-23

 

God does not abandon any of His creatures to what we call “chance.”
By His essence and providence He is everywhere present;
not a sparrow falls to the ground,
nor a hair from our heads, without His consent.
He is not content, however, with assisting His creation daily and at every moment,
with sustaining His handiwork, which without His continuous support
would return to dust.
His divine and infinite Love, not only maintaining the existence
which He gives and perpetuates in living beings,
has charged His Holy Angels with the ministry of watching and safeguarding
each one of His rational creatures.

 

 

The Angels, divided into nine hierarchies, have varied obligations.
Their intelligence and prudence are penetrating
like the beam of a lighthouse;
so it appears even when we compare it to the best of human intelligences,
which are like the light of a little candle in contrast.
An Angel, visualizing an end to be attained,
sees instantly the means necessary to achieve it,
whereas we must pray, study, deliberate, inquire,
and choose during many phases of effort,
in order to reach our proposed ends.

Kingdoms have their Angels assigned to them;
dignitaries of the Church and of the world
have more than one Angel to guide them;
and every child who enters into the world receives a Guardian Angel.
Our Lord says in the Gospel:
"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
Thus the existence of Guardian Angels is a dogma of the Christian faith,
based on Holy Scripture itself.

 

 For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways. 
In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

                                                                                                                    - Psalms 90:11-12

 And the holy angel of the Lord, Raphael was sent to heal them both,
whose prayers at one time were rehearsed in the sight of the Lord.
                                                                                                              - Tobias 3:25


And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels
fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels.
                                                                                                      - Apocalypse 12:7

 

.. The angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;
and the virgin's name was Mary.
                                                                                                             - Luke 1:26-27

Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in strength,
and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders
.
                                                                                                           - Psalms 102:20

 

 

The Angels, the Archangels and the Principalities concern themselves
with the minute ordering of the universe and specific causes,
including the welfare of people.
The Catholic Church teaches that each human being, each church,
and each country has a Guardian Angel.

The Powers, the Virtues and the Dominations are known as
the "angels of creation" because they concern themselves
with the ordering of the universe and a plurality of causes.

The Thrones, the Cherubim and the Seraphim concern themselves
 with contemplating the glory of God.
It is the Seraphim who sing the Sanctus,
"Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts." 
Is. 6:3

 

 

 

Prayer to Our Holy Guardian Angels

Heavenly Father, Your infinite love for us has chosen a blessed angel
in heaven and appointed him our guide during this earthly pilgrimage.
Accept our thanks for so great a blessing.
Grant that we may experience the assistance of our holy protector
in all our necessities.
And you, holy, loving angel and guide, watch over us
with all the tenderness of your angelic heart.
Keep us always on the way that leads to heaven,
and cease not to pray for us
until we have attained our final destiny, eternal salvation.
Then we shall love you for all eternity.
We shall praise and glorify you unceasingly
for all the good you have done for us while here on earth.
Especially be a faithful and watchful protector of our children.
Take our place, and supply what may be wanting to us
through human frailty, short-sightedness, or sinful neglect.
Lighten, O you perfect servants of God, our heavy task.
Guide our children, that they may become like unto Jesus,
may imitate Him faithfully, and persevere till they attain eternal life.
Amen

 Prayer to the Guardian Angels

My good Angel, Thou comest from heaven;
God has sent thee to take care of me.
Oh, shelter me under thy wings. Lighten my path, direct my steps.
Do not leave me, stay quite near me and defend me
against the spirit of evil.
But above all come to my help in the last struggle of my life.
Deliver my soul so that with thee it may praise,
love and contemplate the goodness of God forever and ever.
Amen

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,
to rule and guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seraphim
These are the highest order or choir of angels. They are the angels who are attendants or guardians before God's throne. They praise God, calling, "Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts". The only Bible reference is Isaiah 6:1-7. One of them touched Isaiah's lips with a live coal from the altar, cleansing him from sin. Seraphim have six wings, two cover their faces, two cover their feet, and two are for flying. 

 Cherubim
Cherubim rank after the seraphim and are the second highest in the nine hierarchies or choirs of angels. The Old Testament does not reveal any evidence that the Jews considered them as intercessors or helpers of God. They were closely linked in God's glory. They are manlike in appearance and double-winged and were guardians of God's glory. They symbolized then, God's power and mobility. In the New Testament, they are alluded to as celestial attendants in the Apocalypse (Rv 4-6). Catholic tradition describes them as angels who have an intimate knowledge of God and continually praise Him.
 Thrones
Thrones are the Angels of pure Humility, Peace and Submisssion. They reside in the area of the cosmos where material form begins to take shape. The lower Choir of Angels need the Thrones to access God.

Dominions
Dominions are Angels of Leadership. They regulate the duties of the angels, making known the commands of God.
 

Virtues
Virtues are known as the Spirits of Motion and control the elements. They are sometimes referred to as "the shining ones." They govern all nature. They have control over seasons, stars, moon; even the sun is subject to their command. They are also in charge of miracles and provide courage, grace, and valor.

 Powers
Powers are Warrior Angels against evil defending the cosmos and humans. They are known as potentates. They fight against evil spirits who attempt to wreak chaos through human beings. The chief is said to be either Samael or Camael, both angels of darkness.

Archangels
Archangels are generally taken to mean "chief or leading angel" ( Jude 9; 1 Thes 4:16), they are the most frequently mentioned throughout the Bible. They may be of this or other hierarchies as St. Michael Archangel, who is a princely Seraph. The Archangels have a unique role as God's messenger to the people at critical times in history and salvation (Tb 12:6, 15; Jn 5:4; Rv 12:7-9) as in The Annunciation and Apocalypse. A feast day celebrating the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is celebrated throughout the Church Sep 29. Of special significance is St. Michael as he has been invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles.  He is described as the "chief of princes" and as the leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over Satan and his followers. The angel Gabriel first appeared in the Old Testament in the prophesies of Daniel, he announced the prophecy of 70 weeks (Dn 9:21-27). He appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptist (Lk 1:11). It was also Gabriel which proclaimed the Annunciation of Mary to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour. (Lk 1:26) The angel Raphael first appeared in the book of Tobit (Tobias)Tb 3:25, 5:5-28, 6-12). He announces "I am the Angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the throne of God. 
 Principalities
In the New Testament Principalities refers to one type of spiritual (metaphysical) being which are now quite hostile to God and human beings. (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10, 15) Along with the principalities are the powers (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 1 Pt 3:22; 2 Thes 1:7); and cosmological powers (1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; Col 2:15);Dominions (Eph 1:21; Col 1:16) and thrones (Col1:16). The clarity of the New Testament witness helps see that these beings were created through Christ and for Him (Col 1:16). Given their hostility to God and humans due to sin, Christ's ultimate rule over them (ibid) expresses the reign of the Lord over all in the cosmos. This is the Lordship of Christ, which reveals God's tremendous salvation in conquering sin and death at the cross, and now takes place in the Church. (Eph 3:10)
 Angels
These angels are closest to the material world and human begins. They deliver the prayers to God and God's answers and other messages to humans. Angels have the capacity to access any and all other Angels at any time. They are the most caring and socius to assist those who ask for help.