Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, 2nd October
“Angel of God my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day be at my side, To light, to guard, to rule, to guide. Amen.”
St Basil the Great (+378) taught that every member of the faithful has an Angel Guard for life. St Bernard of Clairvaux (+1153) promoted this devotion in medieval times. In the book of Exodus (23:20) we read that the LORD raises up an Angel guard for his people – a fearsome Angel not to be taken lightly. In old and modern times there are Jewish teachings regarding angel guards. I tend to believe that all living things have some sort of “angel” but only humans have THIS sort of Angel along the lines mentioned in Exodus or in Psalm 91. We mostly keep our angel very busy in the course of life; also I believe that our personal angel is there at our mortal ending to escort us along that last mysterious journey to bring us “to the place prepared.” Probably (this is just me thinking) that even if we have a purifying journey (call it what you will) our Angel guard will not leave us. When the journey is FINALLY over, we two can whoop it up. The Vatican does not teach this! Just my hunch about it all. TODAY is your Hard Working Angel Appreciation Day!