Angels on Your Shoulder

Angels on Your Shoulder


Feast of the Guardian Angels 2009: Fearless Fridays

posted by Susan Gregg

Aloha,

This Fearless Friday, we are going to celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. This feast has been celebrated for centuries, but Pope Clement X elevated this feast and made the official day of its celebration October 2 in the 1670s. Feast days or holy days are celebrations that commemorate the sacred mysteries or a pivotal event in history. I think of them as an opportunity for us to connect with the divine. For hundreds of years, millions of people have celebrated this feast so we can use that energy to tune into and celebrate our Guardian angels.


Here is a meditation written by Pope John XXIII for the Feast of the Guardian Angels in 1959. I  liked the way he explained guardian angels, so I decided to share it with you.

According to the teaching of the Roman catechism, we must remember how admirable was the intention of divine Providence in entrusting to the angels the mission of watching over all mankind, and over individual human beings, lest they should fall victims to the grave dangers which they encounter. In this earthly life, when children have to make their way along a path beset with obstacles and snares, their fathers take care to call upon the help of those who can look after them and come to their aid in adversity. In the same way our Father in heaven has charged his angels to come to our assistance during our earthly journey which leads us to our blessed fatherland, so that, protected by the angels’ help and care, we may avoid the snares upon our path, subdue our passions and, under this angelic guidance, follow always the straight and sure road which leads to Paradise…

Everyone of us is entrusted to the care of an angel.

That is why we must have a lively and profound devotion to our own Guardian Angel, and why we should often and trustfully repeat the dear prayer we were taught in the days of our childhood.

May we never fail in this devotion to the angels! During our earthly pilgrimage we may often run the risk of having to face the natural elements in turmoil, or the wrath of men who may seek to do us harm. But our Guardian Angel is always present. Let us never forget him and always remember to pray to him.

Here is a traditional prayer I found that I also liked:

Guardian Angel from heaven so bright,
Watching beside me to lead me aright,
Fold your wings ’round me,
and guard me with love,
Softly sing songs to me
of heaven above.
Amen.

What a gift to have a day just to celebrate our guardian angels.

With love and aloha,
Susan

Angels are all around us and I am sure they appreciate a thank you now and again.



  • Kristin

    Dearest Sarah,
    Thank you for your blog post. Since I was a little girl, my grandmother has instilled a love and faith in guardian angels within me. It is a core component of my Catholic identity. My beautiful 90 year old grandmother is in her last days and I am struggling as she is in Boston and I am in Florida, feeling completely removed from her. I just wrote her a long letter – that largely focuses on her teaching me about guardian angels as a small girl and how it has always been our “special thing between the two of us.”
    I did not even know that there was a Feast of the Guardian Angels, let alone that it was this very day that I need my guardian angel and faith tremendously for support. This has provided such a deep sense of comfort for me. I can’t believe the coincidence.
    Thanks and God Bless.

  • Kristin

    I meant “Dearest Susan” Sorry for the typo. :)

  • Susan

    Aloha Kristin,
    Not to worry I have been called worse . Your post touched my heart and reminded me once again how magical angels are. I am sure your grandmother is surrounded by a whole bunch of angels and knows how much you love her.
    When my grandmother was getting ready to pass I would call her every day and the nurse would hold the phone up to her ear. I know she knew it was me and could feel the love.
    I will put you and your grandmother in my prayers.
    With love and aloha,
    Susan

  • Grandmom

    As a grandmother I am happy to read Kristin’s note, and hope that my little grandson will learn to attach himself to his Guardian angel. He so much needs the guidance.
    At the early age of four, he has been already having a great deal of emotional and behavior problems. His parents work long hours and he is carpooled to a daycare 40 minutes home, like so many other youngsters these days. In the evening, there is barely enough time for dinner, then bed. He seems so overwhelmed trying to fit into this schedule that he has become miserable, especially in daycare. My plea to help has fallen on deaf ears. So please keep little Logan in your prayers. Thank you.

  • Susan

    Grandmom,
    I will put Logan in my prayers and I am sure his guardian angels are all around him. Maybe offer to volunteer at the day care center.
    With love and aloha,
    Susan

  • Susan

    Grandmom,
    I will put Logan in my prayers and I am sure his guardian angels are all around him. Maybe offer to volunteer at the day care center.
    With love and aloha,
    Susan

  • Your Name

    ANGELS ARE ONE LIVING PROOFS THAT GOD NEVER ABANDONS HIS CHILDREN WHO LOVES HIM.BY THIS FACT,CHILDREN WHO LOVES GOD MUST BE CONFIDENT AND NEVER FEAR OF WHAT LIFE MAY BRING,WITH LOVE AND PROTECTION FROM ANGELS,ALL IS WELL AND GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME,LET ALL THE PRAISE AND GLORY ALWAYS GO TO GOD.

  • MVPappas

    I would like to share my Guardian Angel Prayer. I have said this Prayer among many Prayers since I was a little girl many years ago. Angel of God our Guardian dear to whom God’s love commit us here ever this night be at our side to light to guard to rule to guide Amen.

  • Susan

    MVpappas,
    Thanks for sharing your prayer.
    With love and aloha,
    Susan

  • Your Name

    DADDY NEVER MISSES A THING ABOUT ME,HE KNEW UP TO THIS TIME MY PRAYER
    SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.I THINK MY DADDY’S MY OWN ANGEL,BECAUSE HE WATCH OVER ME 24/7.MY PRAYER GOES TO DADDY EVERYTIME I SAY A PRAYER
    TO GOD,THOUGH HE’S AWAY FROM ME,SEEMS TO ME HE’S JUST RIGHT AT MY BACK
    JUST SIMPLY WATCHING MY EVERY STEP.MAY THE LORD BLESS DADDY WHEREEVER,WHATEVER AND HOWEVER HE’S DOING EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HIS LIFE
    NEAR OR FAR FROM ME,HE’S CLOSE TO MY HEART ALWAYS.

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