Opus Sanctorum Angelorum

Sometimes, especially in the past couple weeks, I have felt isolated or alone. Maybe you have too, or you know someone who has. But we are never alone, not even when there are no people around us. God gave each and every one of us a really incredible gift, a guardian angel.

Our guardian angel is with us all the time. We just we can’t see him. Angels can work outside of time and travel at the speed of thought, so we can ask them to comfort our loved ones or keep them safe. Our guardian angel can carry messages and prayers to the throne of God and back to us, all while never losing sight of us.

I have been blessed to study and learn about the Holy Angels over the past 11 years from a wonderful group of priests and sisters from the Order of the Holy Cross. They are a part of Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, (the work of the holy angels), who are the caretakers, so to speak, of the Church’s teachings on the holy angels. I received the following prayer from them in the mail a couple days ago, and have included it here for you. In this strange time when we aren’t permitted to celebrate the Mass publicly, I found it comforting, and I hope you will as well.

I look forward to seeing all of you at Mass very soon. We will fill the church, but there will always be room for our angels.

You are in my prayers!

Therese Holderbaum

Prayer to your Guardian Angel when you cannot attend Holy Mass

O HOLY ANGEL at my side,
Go to Church for me,
Kneel in my place, at Holy Mass,
Where I desire to be.

At Offertory, in my stead,
Take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice
Upon the Altar Throne.

At Holy Consecration’s bell,
Adore with Seraph’s love,
My Jesus hidden in the Host,
Come down from Heaven above.

Then pray for those I dearly love,
And those who cause me grief,
That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts,
And suff’ring souls relieve.

And when the priest Communion takes,
Oh, bring my Lord to me,
That His sweet Heart may rest on mine,
And I His temple be.

Pray that this Sacrifice Divine,
May mankind's sins erase;
Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home,
The pledge of every grace. Amen

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