Guardian Angel

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
Bho Athair cumh na trocaireachd,
Ciobaireachd caon cro nan naomh
Dheanamh dha mo thaobh a nochd;
Fuad uam gach buar is cunnart
Cuart mi air cuan na dobhachd,
Anns a chunglait, chaimleit, chumhan,
Cum mo churach fein an comhnuidh.
Bi ’na do lasair leith romham,
Bi ’na do reuil iuil tharam,
Bi ’na do ro reidh fotham,
Is ’na do chiobair caomh mo dheoghann,
An diugh, an nochd agus gu suthann.
Tha mi sgith is mi air m’ aineol,
Treoraich mi do thir nan aingheal;
Liom is tim a bhi dol dachaidh
Do chuirt Chriosd, do shith nam flathas.

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL

THOU angel of God who hast 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,
To-day, to-night, and for ever.
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.

Mitakuye Oyasin.

So as not to mislead you, this is a simple, Gaelic folk tune and NOT the Guardian Angel invocation.

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