Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer

A Prayer for Protection and Tribute

A statue of St. Michael the Archangel atop Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)
This bronze statue of Saint Michael the Archangel, executed by Flemish sculptor Peter Anton von Verschaffelt in 1753, stands atop the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

According to the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, every person has a guardian angel who protects you from birth from physical and spiritual harm. The "Guardian Angel Prayer" is one of the top 10 prayers young Catholic children learn in their youth.

The prayer acknowledges a personal guardian angel and pays homage to the work that the angel does on your behalf. It is expected that a guardian angel keeps you safe, prays for you, guides you, and helps you through tough times.

At first blush, it seems the "Guardian Angel Prayer" is a simple childhood nursery rhyme, but its beauty is in its simplicity. In one sentence, you ask for the inspiration to be receptive to the heavenly guidance you get through your guardian angel. Your words and your prayer combined with God's help through his emissary, your guardian angel, can get you through times of darkness.

The Guardian Angel Prayer

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. Amen.

More About Your Guardian Angel

The Catholic Church teaches believers to treat your guardian angel with respect and love while having confidence in their protection, which you may need throughout your life. Angels are your protectors against demons, their fallen counterparts. Demons want to corrupt you, draw you toward sin and evil, and lead you down a bad path. Your guardian angels can keep you on the correct path and on a road toward heaven.

It is believed that guardian angels are responsible for physically saving people on earth. There have been numerous stories, for example, of people being rescued from harmful situations by mysterious strangers who disappear without a trace. Although these accounts are chalked up as stories, some say it proves how important angels can be in your life. It is for this reason, the Church encourages you to call on your guardian angels for help in our prayers.

You can also use your guardian angel as a role model. You can imitate your angel, or be Christ-like, in things you do to help others including those in need.

According to the teachings of Catholicism's saintly theologians, every country, city, town, village, and even family has its own special guardian angel.

Biblical Assertion of Guardian Angels

If you doubt the existence of guardian angels, but, believe in the Bible as the final authority, it should be noted that Jesus made reference to guardian angels in Matthew 18:10. He said once, which is believed to be a reference to children, that “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

Other Children's Prayers

In addition to the "Guardian Angel Prayer," there are a number of prayers that every Catholic child should know, like the "Sign of the Cross," the "Our Father," and the "Hail Mary," to name a few. In a devout Catholic household, the "Guardian Angel Prayer" is as common before bedtime as saying "Grace" is before meals.

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