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Our Guardian Angels - Keep us on the Right Path
 
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Our Guardian Angels - Keep us on the Right Path
Our Guardian Angels - Keep us on the Right Path
Our Guardian Angels - Keep us on the Right Path
Our Guardian Angels - Keep us on the Right Path
 
 
 

 
 

Angels in prayer (detail); fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-1497); Convent of Saint Fortunato, Montefalco, Italy; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
"For He hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways."
Book of Psalms 90:11

That they might guard you in all your ways
From a sermon by Saint Bernard, Abbot
(Sermo 12 in psalmum Qui habitat,3, 6-8; Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc 4:[1966], 458-462)


He has given his angels orders to keep you in your ways. Give thanks to the Lord for his mercy, for the wonders he does with men. Give thanks and say among the Gentiles: "The Lord has been great with them." Lord, what is man so that you give him importance, so that you may take care of him? Because you certainly care about him, you show your concern and your interest in him. You come to send your only Son, you infuse his Spirit, you even promise him the vision of your face. And, lest any of the celestial beings fail to take part in this request for us, you send the blessed spirits to serve us and help us, you constitute our guardians, send them to be our guides.

He has given his angels orders to keep you in your ways. These words should inspire you with great reverence, they should infuse you with great devotion and give you great confidence. Reverence for the presence of the angels, devotion for their benevolence, trust for their custody. Because they are present with you, and they are present for your good. They are present to protect you, they are there for your benefit. And, although they are because God has given them this order, we should not stop being grateful to them, because they fulfill this order with so much love and help us in our needs, which are so great.

Let us be devout and grateful to such excellent guardians; let us respond to his love, honor them as much as we can and as we should. However, let us not forget that all our love and honor must be aimed at the one from whom everything proceeds, both for them and for us, thanks to which we can love and honor, be loved and honored.

In him, brothers, let us love his angels with true affection, thinking that one day we will share with them the same inheritance and that, as this day comes, the Father has placed them together with us, as tutors and administrators. In fact, we are now children of God, although this is not yet visible, since, being still minors, we are under tutors and administrators, as if we were not distinguishable from slaves.

For the rest, although we are minors and although we still have a long and dangerous road to follow, we should not fear anything under the custody of such exemplary guardians. They, those who keep us in our ways, can not be defeated or deceived, and even less can deceive us. They are faithful, they are prudent, they are powerful: why scare us? It is enough that we follow them, with which we are united to them, and we will live like this in the shadow of the Almighty.

PRAYER

Let us pray.
O God, merciful Father, who, in your ineffable providence, has deigned to send, for our care, your holy angels, grant to those who beg you to be always defended by their protection and eternally enjoy their company. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen



 
"For He hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways."
Book of Psalms 90:11

That they might guard you in all your ways
From a sermon by Saint Bernard, Abbot
(Sermo 12 in psalmum Qui habitat,3, 6-8; Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc 4:[1966], 458-462)


He has given his angels orders to keep you in your ways. Give thanks to the Lord for his mercy, for the wonders he does with men. Give thanks and say among the Gentiles: "The Lord has been great with them." Lord, what is man so that you give him importance, so that you may take care of him? Because you certainly care about him, you show your concern and your interest in him. You come to send your only Son, you infuse his Spirit, you even promise him the vision of your face. And, lest any of the celestial beings fail to take part in this request for us, you send the blessed spirits to serve us and help us, you constitute our guardians, send them to be our guides.

He has given his angels orders to keep you in your ways. These words should inspire you with great reverence, they should infuse you with great devotion and give you great confidence. Reverence for the presence of the angels, devotion for their benevolence, trust for their custody. Because they are present with you, and they are present for your good. They are present to protect you, they are there for your benefit. And, although they are because God has given them this order, we should not stop being grateful to them, because they fulfill this order with so much love and help us in our needs, which are so great.

Let us be devout and grateful to such excellent guardians; let us respond to his love, honor them as much as we can and as we should. However, let us not forget that all our love and honor must be aimed at the one from whom everything proceeds, both for them and for us, thanks to which we can love and honor, be loved and honored.

In him, brothers, let us love his angels with true affection, thinking that one day we will share with them the same inheritance and that, as this day comes, the Father has placed them together with us, as tutors and administrators. In fact, we are now children of God, although this is not yet visible, since, being still minors, we are under tutors and administrators, as if we were not distinguishable from slaves.

For the rest, although we are minors and although we still have a long and dangerous road to follow, we should not fear anything under the custody of such exemplary guardians. They, those who keep us in our ways, can not be defeated or deceived, and even less can deceive us. They are faithful, they are prudent, they are powerful: why scare us? It is enough that we follow them, with which we are united to them, and we will live like this in the shadow of the Almighty.

PRAYER

Let us pray.
O God, merciful Father, who, in your ineffable providence, has deigned to send, for our care, your holy angels, grant to those who beg you to be always defended by their protection and eternally enjoy their company. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen



 
 
 

 
 

Virgin and Child with Saints and Angels; fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-1497); Convent of Saint Fortunato, Montefalco, Italy commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
The Twelve Works of our Guardian Angel
by Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, OFM
Doctor of the Church


THE FIRST is to rebuke us for our faults. According to the Book of Judges, chapter 2, verse 1: The Angel of the Lord ascends from Galgala to the place of those weeping and says: "I have lead you forth from the land of Egypt . . . And you have not heard my voice."

THE SECOND is to absolve us from the bonds of our sins. According to Book of Acts, chapter 12, verse 7: The Angel stood by . . . and the chains fell from his hands; yet this must be understood as disposing this to happen.

THE THIRD is to take away from us those things impeding our progress in goodness, which is signified in the Book of Exodus, chapter 12, verse 12: where the Angel struck the first born of Egypt.

THE FOURTH is to constrain those demons afflicting us, according the Book of Tobias, chapter 12, verse 3: "He chased the demon from my wife", says Tobias of the Archangel St. Raphael.

THE FIFTH is to teach us, according to the Book of Daniel, chapter 9, verse 22: Now I have entered, to teach you, and so that you might understand.

THE SIXTH is to reveal secrets, for according to the Book of Genesis, chapter 18, verse 17, the three Angels expressed the Mystery of the Trinity and Unity, after which God said: Can I conceal from Abraham what I am about to do?

THE SEVENTH is to console, according to the Book of Tobias, chapter 5, verse 13: Be of a strong spirit, it is nigh, that you are to be cured by God etc.

THE EIGHTH is to comfort us on the way to God, according to Third Book of Kings, chapter 19, verse 7: Rise and eat, for a grand way remains for you.

THE NINTH is to lead us forth on this way and to conduct us back to God, according to the Book of Tobias, chapter 5, verse 15: I shall lead, and I shall lead him back etc.

THE TENTH is to cast down our enemies, according the Book of Isaiah, chapter 37, verse 36: Having entered the Angel of the Lord struck upon the camps of the Assyrians etc.

THE ELEVENTH, to mitigate our temptations; and this is signified in the Book of Genesis, chapter 32, verse 24, where Jacob wrestled with the Angel, and was comforted after the match, having accepted his blessing, the nerve of his femur withered up.

THE TWELFTH is to pray for us and to carry our prayers to God, according the Book of Tobias, chapter 12, verse 12: When you were praying with tears . . . I offered your prayer etc.

All of these are the effects of our guardian Angel's care of us, on account of which we ought to be submissive and grateful both to God and the Holy Angels.



PRAYER TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL

O my good Angel, whom God, by His divine mercy,
has appointed to be my guardian, enlighten and
protect, direct and govern me this day. Amen



 
The Twelve Works of our Guardian Angel
by Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, OFM
Doctor of the Church


THE FIRST is to rebuke us for our faults. According to the Book of Judges, chapter 2, verse 1: The Angel of the Lord ascends from Galgala to the place of those weeping and says: "I have lead you forth from the land of Egypt . . . And you have not heard my voice."

THE SECOND is to absolve us from the bonds of our sins. According to Book of Acts, chapter 12, verse 7: The Angel stood by . . . and the chains fell from his hands; yet this must be understood as disposing this to happen.

THE THIRD is to take away from us those things impeding our progress in goodness, which is signified in the Book of Exodus, chapter 12, verse 12: where the Angel struck the first born of Egypt.

THE FOURTH is to constrain those demons afflicting us, according the Book of Tobias, chapter 12, verse 3: "He chased the demon from my wife", says Tobias of the Archangel St. Raphael.

THE FIFTH is to teach us, according to the Book of Daniel, chapter 9, verse 22: Now I have entered, to teach you, and so that you might understand.

THE SIXTH is to reveal secrets, for according to the Book of Genesis, chapter 18, verse 17, the three Angels expressed the Mystery of the Trinity and Unity, after which God said: Can I conceal from Abraham what I am about to do?

THE SEVENTH is to console, according to the Book of Tobias, chapter 5, verse 13: Be of a strong spirit, it is nigh, that you are to be cured by God etc.

THE EIGHTH is to comfort us on the way to God, according to Third Book of Kings, chapter 19, verse 7: Rise and eat, for a grand way remains for you.

THE NINTH is to lead us forth on this way and to conduct us back to God, according to the Book of Tobias, chapter 5, verse 15: I shall lead, and I shall lead him back etc.

THE TENTH is to cast down our enemies, according the Book of Isaiah, chapter 37, verse 36: Having entered the Angel of the Lord struck upon the camps of the Assyrians etc.

THE ELEVENTH, to mitigate our temptations; and this is signified in the Book of Genesis, chapter 32, verse 24, where Jacob wrestled with the Angel, and was comforted after the match, having accepted his blessing, the nerve of his femur withered up.

THE TWELFTH is to pray for us and to carry our prayers to God, according the Book of Tobias, chapter 12, verse 12: When you were praying with tears . . . I offered your prayer etc.

All of these are the effects of our guardian Angel's care of us, on account of which we ought to be submissive and grateful both to God and the Holy Angels.



PRAYER TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL

O my good Angel, whom God, by His divine mercy,
has appointed to be my guardian, enlighten and
protect, direct and govern me this day. Amen



 
 
 
 
October 2 - Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels - Keep us on the right path by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), Abbot; and The Twelve Works of our Guardian Angels by Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, OFM, (1221-1274), Bishop and Doctor of the Church


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty
Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

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PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
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AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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CREDO
Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.