Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
Today the church celebrates our guardian angels. Scripture tells us that there are nine choirs of angels (three groups of three). The first choir attend God and include the seraphim, cherubim, and thrones. The second choir attend creation and include dominions, virtues, and powers. The third choir attend man and include principalities, archangels, and angels.
Angels are messengers who bridge divinity and humanity.
Our guardian angels belong to the third choir, which means they are the farthest from God and closest to man. Each angel is unique and has existed since the beginning of creation. The task of our guardian angels is to lead us to the place that God has prepared for us. They protect us from harm and inspire us to do good. Angels are pure spirit and have no gender. While devotion to our guardian angels is encouraged, naming the angel assigned to us is discouraged.
Pope Francis describes our guardian angels as “a friend we don’t see but hear” and “a friend who will one day be with us in the everlasting joy of Heaven.” The Holy Father also says that Christians are to be docile to the Holy Spirit. This docility begins with being docile to the counsel of our spiritual companions, the guardian angels.
See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and obey him. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority is within him. — Exodus 23:20–22
Prayer of the Day
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.
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. — Matthew 18:10
- Read Questions and Answers on Angels and Creation (EWTN)
- Read Our Guardian Angels by Rev. Alfred Boeddeker, OFM
- Read Saint Thomas Aquinas and Angels
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. — Colossians 1:15–16