Prayers and Readings About Angels

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Today is the Feast of the Archangels. Learn more in our book. Prayers and readings about angels here:

From the Coptic Orthodox tradition

Seven archangels stand glorifying the Almighty and serving the hidden mystery.
Michael the first, Gabriel the second, and Raphael the third, symbol of the Trinity.
Surael, Sakael, Saratael and Ananael. These are the shining ones,
the great and pure ones, who pray to God for humankind.
The cherubim, the seraphim, the thrones, dominions, powers,
And the four living creatures bearing the chariot of God.
The twenty-four elders in the Church of the Firstborn, praise Him
Without ceasing, crying out and saying:
Holy is God; heal the sick. Holy is the Almighty; give rest to the departed.
Holy is the Immortal; bless thine inheritance. May thy mercy and thy peace
Be a stronghold unto thy people.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.
Intercede for us, O angels, our guardians, and all heavenly host,
That our sins may be forgiven.  Amen.


Nursery Rhyme

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
Bless the bed that I lie on.
Four corners round my bed,
Four angels round my head;
One to watch and one to pray,
And two to carry my soul away.

St. Louis Basilica

From the Orthodox tradition

For an angel of peace, faithful guardian and guide of our souls and our bodies, we beseech thee, O Lord.  Amen.


From the Book of Common Prayer

O everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of angels and of men in a wonderful order; mercifully grant, that as thy holy angels always do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succor and defend us on earth; through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.


The Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear, to whom His love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.


From the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336

From infancy to death human life is surrounded by [the angels] watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.


Exodus 23:20

See I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way.


Angels of Jesus
Angels of light
Singing to welcome
the pilgrims of night
– Fr. Faber