POPULAR PIETY ENCOMPASSES MANY FORMS OF DEVOTION TO THE GUARDIAN ANGELS. Saint Basil the Great, (died 378) taught that “each and every member of the faithful has a Guardian Angel to protect, guard, and guide them through life.” This ancient teaching was consolidated by biblical and patristic sources and lies behind many forms of piety. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (died 1153) was a great master and a notable promoter of devotion to the Guardian Angels. For him, they were a proof “that heaven denies us nothing that assists us,” and hence, “these celestial spirits have been placed at our sides to protect us, instruct us, and to guide us.” MAGNIFICAT
IF YOU HAVE NOT TAUGHT YOUR CHILDREN THE GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER, PLEASE DO, IT IS A COMFORT TO THEM TO KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT.
GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER: ANGEL OF GOD, MY GUARDIAN DEAR, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Children will say this to remember that they are not alone. The reason we give this prayer to children is because the heart of a child is willing to accept unconditionally the truth. It is a promise that will grow in their soul and yours. It will remind you and your child that YOU ARE HIS CHILD. He will guild and protect you. He is your Father and your Shepherd. He will light your path and the path of your child and bring you home to the little voice you long to hear.