Raphael

Devotions to the Angels

And in Particular to the Angel Guardian

Angel of god, my guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

(Indulgence of 100 days; plenary indulgence on the feast of the holy guardian angels (Oct. z), to those who shall have said this prayer, morning and evening, throughout the year, on usual conditions; plenary indulgence at the hour of death. -Pius VI, Oct. 2, I795. Pius VII, on May 15, I821, granted a plenary indulgence, once a month, to all the faithful who shall have said it every day for a month, as above directed.) [Editor's note: An indulgence attached to a prayer by a pope was a way for the Church to show approval for a prayer and to encourage its use. Many indulgences were suppressed after Vatican II.]

 

Little Office of the Holy Angels

(Editor's note: the "office" is the liturgy of the hours.
The following uses this model to provide a short set of prayers throughout the day.)

At Matins (Morning prayer)

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open my lips, And my tongue shall declare your praise. O God, come to my aid. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc. Alleluia.

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

HYMN

O Lord, permit us here to raise our voice
And send before your throne our feeble praise,
And thank you for those angels whom your choice
has helped in our weakness to direct its ways,
And free us from the envious foes that lurk
To spoil the beauty of your cherished work.

Ant. O holy angels, our guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy angels I will sing to Thee, my God.

R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy. name.

 

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, has granted to appoint Thy holy angels to be our guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

 

At Prime (Midmorning)

 

GOD has given His angels charge of thee, that

they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O, God, incline unto, etc.

O, Lord, make haste, etc.

Glory be to the Father, etc. Alleluia.

 

HYMN

Satan, driven from the happy land
Where once he shone in splendor, ill can brook
Kindly justice of the Almighty hand,
That gives to man the throne that he forsook;
And seeks to drag into his own disgrace
Poor mortals thus designed to fill his place.

 

Ant. O holy angels, our guardians, etc.

V. In sight of Thy angels I will sing unto Thee, my God.

R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

 

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, has granted to appoint Thy holy angels to be our guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

 

AT TIERCE (Midday)

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open my lips, And my tongue shall declare your praise. O God, come to my aid. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be without end. Alleluia.

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open my lips, And my tongue shall declare your praise.
O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, etc. Alleluia.

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

HYMN
 
Bright Spirit, whom a God supremely wise
Has given to be the guardian of this land,
Come armed with all thy power from the skies
And bear its children harmless in thy hand.
Safe from all evil that defiles the soul,
Safe from disunion's withering control.

Ant. O holy angels, our guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy angels I will sing unto Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

 

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, has granted to appoint Thy holy angels to be our guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

At Sext (Mid afternoon)

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open my lips, And my tongue shall declare your praise. O God, come to my aid. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be without end. Alleluia.

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

HYMN

O JESUS! glory of the angelic choirs,
Light of their brightness, sweetness of their bliss,
You Who did leave a world where nothing tires
To taste the pains and miseries of this:
Be these same pains, endured to set us free,
The germ of endless happiness with Thee.
 

Ant. O holy angels, our guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy angels I will sing unto Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, has granted to appoint Thy holy angels to be our guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

 

At None (late afternoon)

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open my lips, And my tongue shall declare your praise.
O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, etc. Alleluia.

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

 

HYMN

ANGEL Of peace! come, Michael, to our aid,
You who did once chase discord from the sky,
Come, calm those boisterous passions that have mode
Such havoc here as they have made on high;
Drive strife and rancor to their kindred gloom,
To hell, their fitting, their eternal tomb.
 

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, has granted to appoint Thy holy angels to be our guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

 

Vespers (evening prayer)

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open my lips, And my tongue shall declare your praise.
O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, etc. Alleluia.

Ant. God has given His angels charge of you, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

HYMN

SPIRIT Of might! O Gabriel, display
Thy matchless power against our ancient foes;
Visit those sacred temples where we pray -
'Twas at thy potent word those temples rose;
Whose worship raised these shrines throughout the earth;
you were the herald of His future birth.

 

Ant. O holy angels, our guardians, etc. V. In the sight of Thy angels, etc.

 

PRAYER

O God, Who with unspeakable providence, etc.

 

At Compline (Night Prayer)

God has given His angels, etc. V. Convert us, O God, our Savior.

R. And avert Thy anger from us. O God, incline unto my aid.

Glory be to the Father, etc. Alleluia.

 

HYMN

AND Raphael of the glorious seven who stand
Before the throne of Him Who lives and reigns;
Angel of health I the Lord has filled thy hand
With balm from heaven to soothe or cure our pains
Heal or console the victim of disease,
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

 

Ant. O holy angels, etc.
V. In the sight of Thy angels, etc.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, etc.

 

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, has granted to appoint Thy holy angels to be our guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

 

COMMENDATION

O Holy guardian at thy feet
This wreath of humble flowers I lay;
O that their odor were as sweet
As he desires, who sings the lay,
Protect me at death's awful hour,
Receive my soul to thy embrace,
Rich with the wonders of thy power,
To thank, to praise thee, face to face. Amen.

 

Antiphon to the Archangel Michael

HOLY archangel Michael
defend us in battle,
that we may not perish in the
tremendous judgment.
(Indulgence of 100 days. -- Leo XIII, Aug. 19, I893.)
 
Prayer to St. Raphael, Archangel
 
Glorious archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travelers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as you did once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since you art the "physician of God," I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
(Indulgence of 100 days. -- Leo XIII, June 21, 1890.) Older indulgences have been recinded.  See the Handbook of indulgences for current grants. For example the Angelous.)
Catholic teaching on Angels.


Rev. F.X.Lasance, My Prayer Book, Benziger Brothers (1908) pp. 574-579. Imprimature by Archbishop of New York in 1908.

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