Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels,
October 2nd

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“He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways‘ [Psalm 91:11]. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.  So let us be devoted and grateful to such great protectors; let us return their love and honor them as much as we can and should” (from a sermon by Saint Bernard, Abbott, found in the Office of Readings, Second Reading, Liturgy of the Hours for October 2nd).


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.


Art: Ange Gardien (Guardian Angel), Vitrail Florac, Stained glass windows of Église Saint-Martin de Florac, January 6 1909, PD-self, Wikimedia Commons.

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