Every one of us has a Guardian Angel to help us against evil and to help us on our way to Heaven. The Angels help us in our warfare against the evil spirit. The New Testament urges us to have faith in God, faith in Christ and to recourse to the weapons of God. God sent His Angels to give us the help we need to resist evil. This is their ministry in the work of our salvation. Is 40, 3: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me” (also quoted in Mark 1,2).
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all for ever (Daniel 3, 58).
The Angels often appear in Sacred Scripture as ordinary ministers of God. They are the most perfect creatures of Creation with one exception. They can grasp reality beyond the capacity of our human intelligence, and they contemplate God face to face as glorified beings.
At the most important junctures in human history angels have served as ambassadors of God to point out the way for us, or otherwise convey the divine Will. They act as messengers of the Most High to illuminate, exhort, intercede, punish, and preserve us from danger.
When the Prophet Elijah awoke to find himself surrounded by menacing Syrian forces, he said to his frightened servant: Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Then Elijah prayed and said, O Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see. So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw; and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elijah (2 Kings 6, 16-17).
The holy angels intervene daily on our behalf in many different ways. How lovingly manifest is God’s provident vigilance over us is shown through the protection afforded us by these spiritual companions.
The life and teaching of Christ is filled with reference to the presence of ministering angels. Gabriel announces to Mary she is going to be the Mother of the Saviour. An angel enlightens and reassures St Joseph and the shepherds in Bethlehem. The purely spiritual servants of God witness the Flight from Egypt, the Temptations of the Lord in the desert, his sufferings in Gethsemane, and the Resurrection and Ascension. They constantly watch over the Church and each one of its members as the Acts of the Apostles and ancient Tradition testify. Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man (john 1, 51).
Using the words of the Collect of the votive Mass of the Holy Angels we can pray: “O God, who in your unfathomable providence are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us, hear our supplication as we cry to you, that we may always be defended by their protection and rejoice eternally in their company”.
We have to deal with our Guardian Angels in a familiar way, while at the same time recognizing their superior nature and grace.
Our Guardian Angel will accompany us to the end of the way. If we are faithful to grace we will join the angels and saints in contemplating the Blessed Mother, Queen of Angels, whom everyone will praise for all eternity.
Pope Clement X proclaimed the feast a universal celebration in the seventeenth century.