The Roman Catholic Church places great importance on acknowledging guardian angels through ritualistic prayer. The church teaches that everyone has a guardian angel from birth and throughout the rest of their lives. They believe that guardian angels are protectors and should be treated with the utmost respect. The following is a Guardian Angel Prayer from the Roman Catholic church. This is one of the first prayers taught to young Catholic children:
“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this day (night) be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth, the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God. Amen.”
Jesus spoke about guardian angels when he said about children, “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 18:10
Other Guardian Angel prayers originated from the Catholic church are Most Faithful Companion and Blessed Protector.
“O most faithful companion, appointed by God to be my guide and protector, and who art ever at my side, what thanks can I offer thee for thy faithfulness and love, and for all the benefits which thou hast conferred upon me? Thou watches over me in sleep; thou consolest me when I am sad; thou liftest me up when I fall; thou avertest the dangers that threaten me; thou preparest me for the future; though withdrawest me from evil and excites me to good; thou exhorteth me to penance when I yield to temptation and reconciles to me to my offended God. Long since should I have been cast into hell,
unless by thy prayers thou hadst averted from me the anger of God. Leave me not, then, I entreat thee; but still comfort me in adversity, restrain me in prosperity, defend me in danger, assist me in temptations, lest at any time I fall a victim to them. Offer to God my prayers and groanings, and all my religious exercises, and obtain for me the great gift of final perseverance, and the grace to die in the friendship of my Creator, and so to enter into life everlasting. Amen.”
“O Angel of God, my blessed protector, to whose care I have been committed by my Creator from the moment of my birth, unite with me in thanking the Almighty for having given me a friend, and instructor, and advocate, and a guardian in thee. Accept, O most charitable guide, my fervent thanksgiving for all thou hast done for me; particularly for the charity with which thou didst undertake to accompany me through life; for the joy with which thou were filled when I was purified in the waters of Baptism; and for thy anxious solicitude in watching over the treasure of my innocence.”
Universal Guardian Angel Prayers
These Guardian Angel prayers transcend religions and cultures and can be used by anyone despite what faith they do or do not practice.
Version 1: “Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Watch over me throughout the night, keep me safe within your sight.”
Version 2: “Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.”
“Holy Angel, my Guardian, pray for me. Enlighten my mind, O good one, and illuminate me, I pray to thee. O holy Angel and teach me to always think positively and profitably.” – Canon to the Guardian Angel (Song 6).