Do I bid him good day in the morning? Do I tell him: 'guard me while I sleep? Do I ask his advice? There was an old Irish custom that suggested including in bedtime prayers a request for the Blessed Mother to tell one the name of their guardian angel, and supposedly within a few days one would "know" the name by which they could address their angel.
An old Dominican tradition encouraged each novice to give a name to their Guardian Angel so that they could speak to him by name and thus feel closer and more friendly with him. In Cardinal Newman 's poem The Dream of Gerontius , the departed soul is met by his guardian angel who recites: .
Alleluia, And saved is he. This child of clay To me was given, To rear and train By sorrow and pain In the narrow way, Alleluia, From earth to heaven. According to Aquinas, "On this road man is threatened by many dangers both from within and without, and therefore as guardians are appointed for men who have to pass by an unsafe road, so an angel is assigned to each man as long as he is a wayfarer.
But one day, I dreamed about my guardian angel, and it told me not to take everything so seriously. Saint Gemma Galgani , a Roman Catholic mystic, stated that she had interacted with and spoken with her guardian angel. Justin Fontenot of the Prayerful Anglican states that the "guardian angel concept is clearly present in the Old Testament, and its development is well marked" and he continues, stating that in "the New Testament the concept of guardian angel may be noted with greater precision".
It seems certainly proved by Scripture.
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Zanchius says that all the Fathers held this opinion. Sergei Bulgakov writes that the Eastern Orthodox Church teaches that:. This guardian angel is not only a friend and a protector, who preserves from evil and who sends good thought; the image of God is reflected in the creature--angels and men--in such a way that angels are celestial prototypes of men. Guardian angels are especially our spiritual kin. Scripture testified that the guardian ship and direction of the elements, of places, of peoples, of societies, are confided to the guardian angels of the cosmos, whose very substance adds something of harmony to the elements they watch over.
As such, before the Eastern Orthodox liturgy of the Communion of the Faithful, a prayer asks "For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us entreat the Lord. The Rev. John W. Hanner, a Methodist minister and theologian wrote on the topic of guardian angels in his Angelic Study , stating that: . Perhaps every Christian has a guardian angel.
It may be that there is one angel to every Christian, or a score of them; or one may have charge of a score of Christians. Some of the ancient fathers believed that every city had a guardian angel, while others assigned one to every house and every man. None of us know how much we are indebted to angels for our deliverance from imminent peril, disease, and malicious plots of men and devils.
Where the pious die, angels are to carry the soul to heaven, though it be a soul of a Lazarus. In May and June , Methodists experienced persecution in Wednesbury and Walsall and the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley , was threatened with death by a mob who dragged him in the rain; however, "Wesley escaped unharmed" and he "believed that he had been protected by his guardian angel".
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In Reformed Dogmatics , Heinrich Heppe states that some Reformed theologians espoused the view of guardian angels, including Bucan, who taught: . That as a rule to each elect person a certain particular good angel is appointed by God to guard him, may be gathered from Christ's words, Mt. These believers were speaking according to the opinion received among the people of God.
The traditional Catholic prayer to one's guardian angel: .
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Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God's love commits me here. Angele Dei, qui custos es mei, me, tibi commissum pietate superna, illumina, custodi, rege et guberna. An Anglican prayer to the Guardian Angel:. O angel of God, appointed by divine mercy to be my guardian, enlighten and protect, direct and govern me this day. An Eastern Orthodox prayer to the Guardian Angel:. O Angel of Christ, my holy Guardian and Protector of my soul and body, forgive me all my sins of today. Deliver me from all the wiles of the enemy, that I may not anger my God by any sin.
Pray for me, sinful and unworthy servant, that thou mayest present me worthy of the kindness and mercy of the All-holy Trinity and the Mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, and of all the Saints.
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There is a similar Islamic belief in the Mu'aqqibat. According to many Muslims, each person has two guardian angels, in front of and behind him, while the two recorders are located to the right and left. Each person is accompanied by a guardian angel,  which acts as a guide throughout life. They originally patrolled the boundaries of the ramparts of heaven,  but volunteer to descend to earth to stand by individuals to the end of their days. Guardian angels were often considered to be matched by a personal demon who countered the angel's efforts, especially in popular medieval drama such as morality plays like the 15th-century The Castle of Perseverance.
Guardian angels appear in literary works of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Later the Anglican English physician and philosopher Sir Thomas Browne —82 , stated his belief in Religio Medici part 1, paragraph 33 :. Therefore for Spirits I am so farre from denying their existence, that I could easily beleeve, that not onely whole Countries, but particular persons have their Tutelary, and Guardian Angels: It is not a new opinion of the Church of Rome, but an old one of Pythagoras and Plato; there is no heresie in it, and if not manifestly defin'd in Scripture, yet is it an opinion of a good and wholesome use in the course and actions of a mans life, and would serve as an Hypothesis to salve many doubts, whereof common Philosophy affordeth no solution: .
By the 19th century, the guardian angel was no longer viewed in Anglophone lands as an intercessory figure, but rather as a force protecting the believer from performing sin. Media related to Guardian angels at Wikimedia Commons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Angel assigned to protect and guide a particular person, group, kingdom, or country. This article is about the religious concept. For the non-profit group, see Guardian Angels.
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