Today, October 2, we celebrate the memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels. How often do you think of your guardian angel? Or even just say the Angel of God prayer? I’ll admit, I often overlook my own guardian angel and even neglect to say that simple prayer. But in his homily this past Sunday, our priest was talking about the angels (since, in the old rite, it was the first class feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel Basilica. First class meaning it trumped the Sunday celebration) and he mentioned the importance of our guardian angels. Our guardian angels, he says, should be our best friend. God assigned one angel specifically to each person He created solely for the task of guarding and protecting that person until he or she reached the safety of heaven after their earthly life. They have no other job.
If we have angels always watching over us, appointed by God, don’t they deserve the honor and thanksgiving that this protection merits? We should also glorify God all the more because of His great mercy and kindness in employing this constant help for us.
This thanksgiving and honor shouldn’t apply to just our own guardian angels. We should also thank and honor the guardian angels of those we care about. Our family, friends, and others have their own guardian angels that love and care about them as much as we do and of course they have their best interests at heart. When you thank God for your own guardian angel, add the ones of your family and friends to your prayer and ask their guardian angel to keep them safe just as you’d want yours to keep you safe.
As I alluded to earlier, the simplest way to call on your guardian angel is the Angel of God prayer. It can and should be said both in the morning and at night. And of course, always remember to thank your guardian angel both in the morning and at night for keeping you safe.
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love entrusts me here,
Ever this day (night) be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.