The Holy Guardian Angels

Zechariah 8:1-8; Psalm 101(102):16-21,29,22-23; Matthew 18:1-5,10

The tradition of holding a particular angel as close to each one of our children is an ancient one, and it may be a surprise that it is not a doctrine of the church - but it is certainly deeply held as a belief. Recognising this, the church used in early times to celebrate all angels together on the feast of St Michael. A separate feast of the Guardian Angels began in Valencia in 1411. At the reform of the Breviary in the 16th century it was included among the local feasts, and it was raised to the status of a feast in the General Calendar in 1608, placed on the first free day after the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Perhaps as adults we tend to feel that we have grown out of the childish way of guardian angels - but there is certainly no particular reason why we should not build upon a relationship with one of those in the heavenly realm which began in our childhood. One way that this can be of benefit to us is by naming our guardian angel. Then you can talk with them, ask them to pray for you, and share your feelings with them.

Your guardian angel will be there for you always - and especially if you find yourself battling alone with some illness, sadness, painfulness or uncertainty: your angel will always answer your call when you call them by name.

Posted in Daily Reflection.