We all need help. That is why each of us is blessed with a guardian angel.
As long as I can remember, I’ve pictured my guardian angel as an imposing celestial being dressed in white, unencumbered by the massive wings that protruded from her back. My mother introduced me to my guardian angel with this simple prayer that I have whispered every day of my life…
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.
As a child, I would stand before a mirror and try to glimpse her. When that failed, I would spin quickly, hoping to catch him napping, but angels never sleep. I never saw him or so I thought until I grew much older.
As an adult, I’ve poured over the Carmina Gadelica, a compendium of prayers from the Gaelic-speaking regions of Scotland assembled in the closing years of the 19th century by Alexander Carmichael. I include several in The Vitruvian Man’s Book of Hours. Two of my favorites address my guardian angel…
God Give Charge to Thy Blessed Angels
To keep guard around this stead tonight,
A band sacred, strong, and steadfast.
That will shield this soul-shrine from harm.
Safeguard Thou, God, this household tonight,
Themselves and their means and their fame,
Deliver them from death, from distress, from harm,
From the fruits of envy and of enmity.
Give Thou to us, O God of peace,
Thankfulness despite our loss,
To obey Thy statutes here below.
And to enjoy Thyself above.
In the second, I visualize a strong and confident troop of angels – most likely archangels – guarding my home and family as I sleep.
Thou Angel of God Who has Charge of Me
From the dear Father of mercifulness, The shepherding kind of the fold of the saints
To make round about me this night. Drive from me every temptation and danger,
Surround me on the sea of unrighteousness,
And in the narrows, crooks, and straits, Keep thou my coracle, keep it always.
Be thou a bright flame before me,
Be thou a guiding star above me,
Be thou a smooth path below me,
And be a kindly shepherd behind me, Today, tonight, and forever.
I am tired and I a stranger,
Lead thou me to the land of angels.
For me it is time to go home
To the court of Christ, To the peace of heaven.
Each of us needs help and guidance in some aspect of our lives, but we need not be lost in our helplessness. Support surrounds us even in our darkest hours. As Thomas Á Kempis writes in The Imitation of Christ,
“When you think yourself farthest from me, often I am nearest to you.”Thomas Á Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
Six years ago, one of my spiritual guides – aka guardian angels – Margaret Dulaney introduced me – through her Listen Well website – to Irish mystic Lorna Byrne who has been seeing and talking to angels since she was a baby. In the final paragraph of her book Angel’s in My Hair, Ms. Byrne writes
“… there is hope in all circumstances… we all have souls and they are perfect – no matter what we have done – our bodies might die, but our souls don’t and we all have wings of some kind or another, even if we fail to recognize them in ourselves or others. We are all, in fact, angels.”Lorna Byrne, Angel’s in My Hair
She concludes her book with “Twelve Ways to Connect with Your Guardian Angel
- Suspend Your Disbelief
- Ask Your Guardian Angel for Help
- Don’t Forget to Listen to Your Guardian Angel
- Allow Your Guardian Angel to Be your Teacher
- Ask Your Guardian Angel for a Sign
- Don’t Try Too Hard
- Keep Asking
- Seek Your Guardian Angel’s Help in Good Times and Bad
- Ask Your Guardian Angel to Send a Special Angel to Help with a Particular Task
- Don’t Be Afraid
- Remember to Say “Thank You”
- Ask Your Guardian Angel Its Name
If and when you find yourself in a moment of helplessness – and you most certainly will – refer to this list as one of many ways to get you through the dark time. We are never alone, and help is always within reach.