One of the first prayers I learned as a child is the prayer to my guardian angel. I continue to say it many times every day, when I rise, when I walk, when I go to bed. I find comfort in it, and I still envision this surreal being following me throughout the day and watching over me at night. Spirits dwell among us. We must be aware of their presence and acknowledge their mission to guide us to do right things!
“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. Amen.”
When I was 60-years old or so, I discovered the Carmina Gadelica. “The Guardian Angel” is my favorite invocation included in Alexander Carmichael’s collection. The invocation brings me great peace and confirms my belief that a lifetime of prayer has inestimable value. During my recent years in the desert (2009 – 2016), I would walk the Stations of the Cross at the Redemptorist Renewal Center every weekday morning at sunrise. I learned to chant the Guardian Angel invocation in English and in Gaelic, though I will admit I cannot do it today.
Nonetheless, I share it with you, my friends, now. May this invocation bring you the same peace it brings to me.
The Guardian Angel Invocation
|AN T-AINGHEAL DIONA
AINGHIL Dhe a fhuair mo churam
|THE GUARDIAN ANGEL
THOU angel of God who hast charge of me
So as not to mislead you, this is a simple, Gaelic folk tune and NOT the Guardian Angel invocation.