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The Holy Angels

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Now available at patristic nectar dot Org. patristic nectar publications is pleased to present good deeds cultivating a life of virtue, a seven part lecture series. These lectures expound the place of good works in the salvation of the Christian the nature of virtues and vices and the traditional means for cultivating virtue in the Christian life. Saint John of Damascus, in his text on the virtues and the vices in the Philocalia, writes that every man is said to be made in the likeness of God as regards his imitation of God through virtues and God like actions. The study and cultivation of virtue is the quest both to love God and also to become a true human being. The lecture titles include Lecture One, good deeds, understanding virtues and vices. Lecture two, the Cardinal Virtue of Justice, Lecture Three, the Cardinal Virtue of Wisdom, Lecture Four, the cardinal virtue of courage, Lecture Five, the cardinal virtue of temperance. Lecture six, conquering the seven deadly sins. Lecture Seven. After God, the failure of the secular ethic. For these and other available titles, please visit our website at patristic nectar dot org. And now the arena with Father Josiah Trenna, the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. There's a beautiful text at the end of the epistle to the Hebrews. Brothers and sisters, were St Paul says it's our duty to practice hospitality because by doing this some people have entertained angels without knowing it. It's a marvelous text, the marvelous texts, but it shows, I want to emphasize that, without knowing it, part the angels sometimes receive our virtues and we don't even know that we're dealing with angels. It works both ways. Unfortunately, they can also be on the raw end of the stick from us and we could we could be ignorant of the fact that we're offending angels. But the idea that we could be living and oblivious to the angelic presence is what I want to emphasize. This feast today is the Feast of the Holy archangels Michael and Gabriel and Rathael and all the bottiless powers of Heaven, and I'd like to in this homily that I'm simply entitling the holy angels. I want you to think with me a little bit about who the angels are and what they do and why God and his marvelous love brought angels into existence. We know about angels and we interact with angels most right here, right now in our worship. We dedicate this day, the eighth of November, especially to the Archangel Michael, but to all the angels. We dedicate the twenty sixth of March, the day after the Annunciation of the Theoto Goos, to the Archangel Gabriel. Every Monday period in our liturgical life is dedicated to the remembrance...

...of the angels. In the divine liturgy that we're praying right now, we've already begun in our prayers to think about and speak about the angels. It began chiefly in the prayer that we just prayed, the prayer of the Tree Sagium, the Thrice Holy Hymn that him that you just sang. holdly, God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. We learned from the angels not just from the text of scripture, but by a miracle that took place in the early church when one young man was caught up into glory and heard the angelic himnity. We learn to sing this hymn ourselves in church, and so when we sing it, the prayer that the priest praise before we launched into the singing of the Truth Thrice Holy Hymn mentions the angels. This these are the words. The priest says. We give thanks to thee also for this ministry which Thou didst about safe to receive at our hands, even though their stand besides the thousands of our changels and ten thousands of angels, the Cherubim, the Seraphim, six wing, many eyed, soaring a laft borne on their wings, singing the triumphal hymn, shouting and proclaiming and saying holy, Holy, Holy. With these blessed powers we also master who lovest mankind, Cry Aloud and say Holy Art Thou and all Holy Thou and thine only bigotten son and thy Holy Spirit. Did you hear that? That's the beginning of the Anaphora, and the priest says, with these holy powers, we also say the idea is that we human beings engage worship, enter into the divine liturgy, into a heavenly liturgy that is ceaseless. The angels never stop doing what we're doing right now. For us, we start and we stop, we come to the liturgy and we go home, but not them. And therefore, when we engage in the Holy Liturgy, when we climb the Mountain Zion and we go to an assembly of the righteous and to the holy angels, were joining a liturgy that is constantly moving. I remember when I first had this told to me. It was by my spiritual father when I was becoming Orthodox, and he says the the worship train is constantly moving. It just pulls into your town and you get on it for a couple hours and you pray it and then you get off it, but the angels keep it going perpetually. There's no place more than worship where we enter into a collaboration with the holy angels. This is also expressed in both the little entrance and in the great entrance. The symbology of the little entrance, when the Gospel book is brought out, all of the attendants, the altar servers, represent the angels that attend it to our savior in his earthly ministry. The bringing out of the Gospel Book Is The Appearance Of Christ in our midst to give to us his word, and in icons of the great entrance. If you've ever seen an icon of the great entrance, which is a magnificent depiction, it has the angels carrying the gifts as we are escorting them through the church. This is the symbology. We say this as we begin the Charuba Kim. The priest says, let us, who mystically represent the chair of Theim and seeing the thrice holy hymn to the life giving trinity, now lay aside all earthly care that we may receive the king of all,...

...invisibly escorted by the angelic hosts. Do you hear the emphasis? We mystically represent in our part in the liturgy the holy angels. We stand in the place of the Cherubim who bear the Lord God. We do the same in the Holy Liturgy, and then we remember, of course, the holy angels. In every dismissal the priest turns. After he remembers Christ and the Mother of God, he then remembers the bodiless powers of Heaven before John the Baptist and the apostles. That's in every service, because worship is the place where we most interact with them. You see them every time you come in here, brothers and sisters, you see the Archangel Michael, you see the Archangel Gabriel, and then just last year we install the Archangel Raphael and the Archangel Uriel, so that you can see these great archangels when you come and go, so that you could remember what this place is, a meeting of Heaven and earth, a joining of angelic worship the angels. If you saw the icon that is placed in the nartheics today for the eighth of November, it has the three great archangels. And do you notice that they're holding that ORB OF CHRIST? Because angels bear his name and carry his presence where they go. They hold Christ up to us, besides our participation with the angels in our divine worship. Every time you open your Bible you see angels. Angels are found from Genesis to revelation. In fact, the apocalypse of all books and scripture has more references to angels than any other book. But from the beginning it was that way. Just think of the lives of the Great Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who entertained the angels and practice the hospitality that was so notorious, but Abraham himself. Think of his sons, who also had numerous encounters, Isaac and Jacob, with end with the angels. Think of Moses, the Great Godsier in the Prophet, who saw the angel at the burning Bush and heard from the angel and then was given an angel to lead him in his leadership of the people of God. Think about the role of angels when Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai. Saint Paul Mentions it several times that the law was given through the mediation of the holy angels. Think of Moses's successor, Joshua, the commander of the Lord who got who bowed down before the Archangel Michael. Think of King David, who saw the great angel, who had his sword drawn over Jerusalem and who won a reprieve from these angels of justice by his compunction and David's repentance. Think of the Great Prophet Daniel, who said it was the angels who came to be with him in the pit with the Lions, who themselves shut the mouths of the lions so he wasn't Eaton. Angels are everywhere in the Scriptures, brother than sisters. You see them all over the Old Testament, but especially you see them in the new. They surrounded our Savior's life in ministry when he was born. Who led the chorus in the sky above Bethlehem, singing the ducsology that we've learned to imitate? who was with him when he was in the desert, fasting and fighting the evil one with those terrible temptations and the...

...angels came and says and ministered to him? Who was constantly serving him? who was sitting on the stones that massive stone rolled away from the tomb to announce the resurrection of our Savior? who was there when he ascended to heaven and told the disciples when they were in amazement? Why are you standing there gazing into heaven? The one who has gone from you will certainly return in the same way, bodily and in glory. And now about at the second coming? Isn't it our Lord who says that at that time he will send forth the holy angels and they will gather out from his kingdom and separate the wheat from the chaff? Angels, angels, angels, let me say a word to you about what exactly they are. Angels constitute a significant portion of the creation that we call in the creed invisible when we say I believe in one God, the Father, Almighty maker of Heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. Many things that God has made you can't see. And a core element of the invisible creation are the angelic hoast, the innumerable angelic hosts. They were fashioned before he fashioned man. The angels of God rejoiced. They rejoiced when man was created. They are bodiless powers in comparison to us. They're completely immaterial. They don't have heavy bodies like us that get tired and weigh down our souls and good intentions. Angels are ministering spirits. They're illumined by the grace of God. They're empowered by divine energy. They get all of their strength from gazing upon the face of God. This is how angels move, and they move freely and fast. They're immensely strong. These illumined minds nourished constantly by divine contemplation. There are different types of angels. The church St Paul Enumerates nine types of angels in the Scriptures. We have those nine types of angels in three choirs. You have the Seraphim and the Cherubim and the thrones, and those mighty angelic beings are completely dedicated to the worship of God, to adoration they bear him. The Cherubim have eyes everywhere because they're radiating in the knowledge of God, and the thrones, the second choir, constant, are constituted by the dominions and the virtues and the powers, and their realm is not the adoration of God in Heaven. Their realm, if it, are the Stars and the Atmospheric Heavens. And then the third choir is closest to us. It's that choir that's focused upon man, that quir that's focused upon the earth, principalities over nations, archangels and angels, and those angels that are closest to us we call Guardian Angels. These are the angels that you know most intimately. Let me say a few words to you about our guardian angels, which are closest to us. We're given a guardian angel and the right of Baptism. It's in that mystery that were cleaned from the power of evil. That mystery begins with exorcisms and...

...the Lord, through his priests, remove demonic influence from the candidate for baptism, so that that person can become in dwelt by the Holy Spirit of God and have a fashion to him, no longer a hunting demon, but a lovely guardian angel who will seek that person's, that Christians Salvation. It's that angel that takes the person's name and writes him in the book of life. We specifically reference this angel whenever we pray. We're about to do it. If you pay attention to the litany that's coming up. These are the words we use. We pray for an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies. Let us ask of the Lord, and you say, Lord, have mercy. We asked that our angel would remain with us, never leave us, stay close to us. This is our supplication. In our last icon installation, brothers and sisters, besides adding the Archangel Raphael and Uriel, we put a beautiful icon of the Guardian Angel there, just to the north of the great doors in the NARTHEX. We did that so that you would have a place to go, especially to pray to your Guardian Angel. Many of you know the beautiful prayer to the Guardian Angel that's found at the the little Compelin, the prayer to the angel that's found in many of our prayer books. But I sent you this morning, I made a pdf this morning of a beautiful service of supplicatory prayer to Your Guardian Angel in nine odes. It's a marvelous text to use when you want to pray to your Guardian Angel, to say many things, because the nine odes are full of many expressions of thanks, of supplication, of need. Guardian angels are tangible and ever present witnesses to God love, God's love in our life. He sent them to us to honor us, to nourish us in his love, to remind us of his presence in our life, to show us how blessed we are and how precious we are to him. Their models of devotion, the presence of our Guardian Angels constantly calls us to think of higher things. Our Guardian Angel has no tolerance for us in our earthly mindedness. It's a great grief to our Guardian Angels when we sin, when we are fascinated by the vulgar. Our Angels Call US upward. They breathe love into us, they nourish good thoughts, they encourage good actions, they protect us from terrible falls. I doubt there's a single one of you who's lived many years who doesn't have a remembrance of a significant number of occasions when your life has simply been saved, completely saved, by the tap of your Guardian Angel. The Holy Fathers of the church say that the angels serve as a spiritual example to the monks. The monks are always racing with them, always competing with them, trying to become as vigilant as they are, and the monks serve as an example to us. This is the idea. The Laity look to the monastics. In the monastics look to the angels at the top. Are The angels providing an example to us all? They never tire in loving God. It's not difficult for them to love God. It's their very life. Our Guardian Angel is a protector. The name on Ghelos Means Messenger, one who communicates God's truth, his guidance, his protection, and...

...the Angels Do this, our Lord says, and say Matthew's Gospel. They're able to guard us while remaining ever in God's presence. Listen to this text. Matthew, one thousand eight hundred and ten, see that you do not despise any one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of my father, who is in heaven. Angels are able to do what humans are called to do. Angels are able to be on the earth guarding us, in this case the little ones, and at the same time constantly beholding the face of God. This is what we're called to do, our very anatomy call it. That's why God gave us feet to walk on the earth, but he gave us eyes up here so that we can walk on the Earth but always be remembering him, always be seeking first his kingdom, even while we're doing earthly things. The angels are models for us of that, our Savior says. They guard the little ones, but they constantly behold the face of God in heaven, and they have especially no tolerance for those who stumble little children. They're so close to us they identify, they know everything about us. They see what you do when no one's watching, how you brush your teeth, how you pick your nose. I could go on, but I won't. There's a beautiful text in the acts of the apostles that shows just how close the angels are to us. It's a found in the twelfth chapter of the acts of the apostles, and Peter has been arrested by Herod and he's in chains and the next day he's going to be slaughter he's going to be martyred the next day. And what happens? God sends an angel and the angel just walks into the prison, right through the bars, right past the guards. He walks in and he takes his stick and he whacks Peter off the side. He says get up and then he says get your shoes on and put your clothes on. And Peter Totally mesmerized. You can imagine out of us out of a sleep. How you can sleep when you're dying the nest? They I don't know, but Peter was. He was so reconciled, evidently to it. And Peters thought he was dreaming the Texas he thought he was dreaming, and the angel just looked at him and all Peter's chains fell off, which is very symbolic of what happens when we tune ourselves to the angels, change to this Earth and to Sind fall off all his angel, all his chains fell off, and then the angel just walk with him. He said follow me. The gate to his cell opened and then they went to the outer part of the prison, which had huge iron gates, and they just invisibly opened right in front of the angel. And then Peter went back to where the believers were. He went to John Mark's mother Mary's House and he knocked on the door. Hey guys, hey guys, and Rhoda, who was this young servant girl, she came and she she listened. Doesn't say she saw, but they left on the head of people. She heard him outside and she said it's Peter. She ran back in and she said Peter Peters outside, and they're like come on, they she said, I heard his voice. You know what they said to her? It's just his angel, it's just his angel. They were praying for him, but they prayed like me. Evidently I pray, but I'm not sure I really mean it. They were praying for his release and then he got released that then when he showed up, he was like Nah, it's not him, it's not him, it's just this Guardian Angel. But no, don't miss the picture in their minds right in the tradition of the church. So close is that Angel to Peter, that he can speak like him, he can appear like him.

Brothers and sisters, do you remember the holy angels especially, do you remember Your Guardian? Do you pray to him? Do you say thank you to him? To do so is simply to live the life that the Lord God has given you as a constant remember of how close remembrance of how close he est to you, a gift of love, are the angels to us, and especially our guardian angels. I hope that, as your Guardian Angel is bound to you, you will progressively in your life become more and more bound to him. Maybe you could use that Nice little prayer service that I get got sent you today on email, if you could download it, rented out and occasionally say that, read that sufflicatory can to your Guardian Angel. All that will do for you is lift your sights fill you with the same fire that cooks in their hearts and makes the angels want to serve God constantly. There are are examples of piety. We can bear the name of Christ to and hold him at the center of our existence, just like the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Do. That would please God to his glory. I'm in. Hey everyone, God bless you. I'm going to read now the supplicatory Canon to the Guardian Angel of a man's life that I mentioned in my homily on the Holy Angels, on the Feast of the Holy archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and all the Holy Angels November eight, this last Sunday. I'm taking this from the Orologian published by holy transfiguration monastery and Brookline, Massachusetts. That's what I'll be reading from, through the prayers of our holy fathers. Lord Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen. Oh holy angel, my guardian interceded in my behalf. Oh on sleeping guardian of my soul. I now seeing thy praises, thou protector of all my life, for Thou art the guide that God assigned me. Oh Thou Divin, an angel of the Almighty God. Oh holy angel, my Guardian Intercede in my behalf. Or word, who would's have all US mortal saved to THY holy angels? Hast Thou given charge over us as guides and enlighteners of mankind, to lead us all by the hand unto fear of Thee Oh holy angel, my guardian, intercede in my behalf, my guardian, protector and faithful guide. The light of repentance do thou now cause to dawn in me, for I am held fast in gloomy darkness, and the Black Cloud of my passions hath shrouded me. Glory to the father and to the son and to the Holy Spirit. A murky and vile flood of shameful thoughts doth well up within me and Doth Sunder my mind from God. Oh Thou who art my divine protection, come thou and make it to dry up for evermore. Both now endeavor and unto ages of ages on men. Oh Lady, thou art the serenity, the calm and the haven of those storm bound on seas of sin, and therefore I flee unto thy Haven, as diverse passions do toss me upon their waves. Will Holy Angel, my Guardian, interceded my behalf? I am nailed to things earthly, for I exist as the cloud of an intermingling of lowly earth mixed with clay and dust. But, oh, my rescuer, my guide and Mighty Protector, turn mine aspiration to heavenly things above. Will Holy Angel, my Guardian interceded my behalf. I provoke thee and grieve thee and fill thee with bitterness all the night and day with my wicked deeds and my trespasses. And so, against THY will, do I constrain and compel thee, who art my defender, to stand far away from me. Will Holy Angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf? I remain unrepentant and uncorrected in life, and I am the cause of Thy Grief and heavy despondency. wherefore, grant unto me that I repent with my whole heart and that I may glad in Thee. Oh...

...my good Guardian, glory to the father and to the son and to the Holy Spirit. Thou invisibly seest the face of God at all times, who doth sit in heaven and look upon Earth pnoetically, making it tremble sore? Will Holy Angel My Guardian Ceaselessly entreat him to set me among the saved? Both now endeavor unto ages of ages on men mind, volition and reason. Have I as a gift of God, so that, recognizing my Lord, I honor him with good works, but in dishonoring the gift, because of my passions. I affront the giver a lady. Do Thou save me, Oh good protector of my soul in my body, my God appointed and Divine Guardian Angel, in Imitating God, Do Thou now overlook all the failings and the sins of my soul and its sufferings, rescue me from the diverse meshes of the deceiver and make our God compassionate to me that he may grant me forgiveness on Judgment Day? Will Holy Angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf? I give no thought, unto that terrible judgment seat, oh my savior, where I shall be hailed to rendistrict account for all my words and deeds, nor death's hidden hour do I ever bring to mind at all. Remaining uncorrected. On my guide and mine angel, I Beseech Thee. Do Thou not abandon me, Oh holy angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf with care and zeal. I have performed every wickedness from my childhood and with lawless words and deeds, I have not ceased from provoking thee, mine own life long helper, despond not, I pray, thee weary not, but even so, persist thou in admonishing, teaching and instructing and strengthening me too. Good, Oh holy angel, my Guardian, interceded in my behalf. Oh imitate the great forbearance of God, the word he that came to call unto repentance, all a sinful men, and constraineth not, but Loveth and seeketh amendment that cometh. Willingly do thou, my guide, and likewise even now abide with me in forbearance and loving, long suffering glory to the father and to the son and to the Holy Spirit. Though sin had once taken me far from God, since I am an unworthy servant, void of Prophet. Yet in clemency and in tender love did Jesus, my master, both take me again and make me his. But spurning this great favor of my Lording Creator, Oh divine angel, the also do I grieve both now endeavor and unto ages of ages, all men, the Lord is King and truly reigneth eternally or a kingdom that shall never fall away or come to nod and ask Seth the psalms from Thee God's pure mother. Is He clothed with Fairest Majesty that holy flesh come from Thee in the which he hath slain death and destroyed all its kingdom and sovereignty. Oh, holy angel, my guardian interceded in my behalf. I have thee as my guardian and my true companion, that dwelleth close at my side, urging me to goodness while attending me, walking the way with me, counseling salvation. How, then, shall I receive forgiveness, since, despite all these things, I live senselessly? Well, holy angel, my Guardian interceded my behalf, oh my mighty defender, standing with great boldness before the Almighty throne, Thou didst dance and gladness round the king of creation, with angel kind. wherefore, do thou pray him that I be granted the forgiveness of my many transgressions and evil deeds? Oh holy angel, my guardian interceded my behalf. Thou foreseest the torments and the heavy punishments Yonder awaiting me, grieving for my hertness and my blindness and unfeeling recklessness, and in tender mercy, Thou sighest, gloomy and dejected, filled with grief. Oh my faithful deliverer, glory to the father and to the son into the Holy Spirit. Not so much as an hour, even for a moment, or for the least space of time, have I once allowed Thee, my most kind benefactor and Guardian, joy and exaltation, or jubilation or my goodness. For with sins do I ever corrupt myself, both now endeavor and unto ages of ages on men. He whom no mind can fathom, hath appeared from Thee as a babe, oh all blameless maid, he that, in his knowledge, weighed the mountains and valleys as in a scale and a raid in beauty the choirs of stars, and ever stirreth both the do of the Morn and the breath of winds. Oh holy angel, my guardian interceded in my behalf, do not cease in camping round about my soul daily, guarding me from every affliction. But do thou check the wild raging of demons and end their beastial assaults rolphed against my soul, oh good...

...protector sent by God, for indeed do I have a most fervent help. Will, holy angel, my guardian interceded my behalf, since thou art sweet smelling Mer beyond all price, do thou not abominate my foul, stinking do not depart from Thy Servant Forever Be Mine Inseparable Guardian perpetually. The Sun itself is not defiled when it passeth through places defiled and foul. Well, holy angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf. Implore Him, Who hath supported by a word his high chambers in the waters, to grant me the greatest rain, floods of tears, in great showers, that through my weeping my heart might be purified and so may clearly see my God. Oh my guardian, who ever protectest me. Oh holy angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf, Oh thou, who are immaterial and pure immaterially, now standing before God, the immaterial and pure one by nature, Thou hast great closeness and audience with our Lord, the Sech him earnestly for me that he grant me salvation of soul. I Pray Glory to the father and to the son and to the Holy Spirit. May Shame and confusion holy cover up the deformed and foul and most gloomy faces of all my foes. When my base soul is parted from it's a base tavernacle formed out of clay and with thy shining sacred wings, come and shelter it swiftly, oh trusted guide, both now whendeavor unto ages of Ages Amen, much higher than Seraphim and Cherubim and more holy than the all holy angels. Art Thou, Oh Lady? Do Thou therefore show forth my vile and groveling mind to be far above the love of gross and earthly things, from the Earth lifted up to celestial love? Oh Servant of God, my Guardian, most excellent, forever abide with me the sinner, most profane, and deliver me from the demons, every wickedness and deceit, guide me unto the Godly Paths that lead onto spotless and eternal life. Will hold the angel my guardian interceded in my behalf well, my helper and succor, cease not driving off mightily with thy fiery sword the multitudes unnumbered, of unseen thieves and robbers who assail me from every side in seeking to seize and mangle my soul? Will Holy Angel My Guardian interceded in my behalf, in the Dread Day of judgment, when my God and my judge shall condemn my sinful soul, who even ear that judgment. Am now condemned already by my conscience. In Very Truth, forget not Thy Servant. Oh my good God. Well, holy angel, my guardian interceded in my behalf, having matter as mother, claius father and dust as forefather. Oh my God, I look to Earth at all times by reason of the kingship. Will Protector Grant that I look on Heaven's high beauty freely some day? Will Holy Angel, my Guardian, interceded in my behalf, being comely and beauty, being sweet and most graceful, my guide, Thou Soun like mine, stand joyously beside me with bright regard, most cheerful and a smiling face. In the hour when I shall be taken far from the Earth, glory to the father and to the son and to the Holy Spirit, in thy bowels of mercy and the great and exceeding wealth of THY love for man. When I depart the body, protect me in the shelter of Thy Wings, that I might not see the hideous faces of the foul fiends, both now endeavored unto ages of ages. Amen, Oh thoull heavenly portal, saving gateway and ladder, noetic and sublime, whereby our God descended, whereby we men ascended. In Thy mercy, grant me, THY slave, the Kingdom of Heaven, O modest maid. All, holy angel my guardian interceded in my behalf. I have received thee from my God as a succor and champion, as a help and as my great defender after God. All, Holy Angel, wherefore cease not from admonishing me, from instructing me, from teaching me what I must do, and grant illumination to my mind without ceasing till they'll set me before Christ among the saved and blessed. Well, holy angel my guardian interceded in my behalf. On that dread day when thrones are set and the ancient of days shall sit, when the books are opened at all things shall be revealed, when men shall be judged and all the earth shall quake with terrible fear and all things that be shall sorely shudder and tremble. Then show thy love for mankind in me or my protector, and by THY prayers to Christ God, redeem me from Gehenna. Will, holy angel my guardian interceded my behalf, like cunning foxes full of guile and like ravenous birds of prey, do the pestiential, pestilential demons, hateful to God, invisibly compass me, like bees that swarm round a hive, like bloodthirsty foul that eat the...

...flesh of the fallen, they all fly round about me. Oh my God given Guardian, come shelter me at once, as an eagle doth its nestlings. All, holy angel, my Guardian interceded, my behalf, grant me great floods of tears that flow from mine eyelids and endless streams of profuse outpouring washing me from head to foot, that, wearing a garment of repentance rendered wider than snow, I be wholly cleansed and rid of every defilement, that I may enter into the divine bridal chamber, while honoring thee with praises, my helper and defender, Oh holy angel, my guardian interested in my behalf. With passions I have made my heart and abode for noetic swine, though it is the temple of my cries to fashion be o help of my soul. I pray Thee give me strength to cleanse it anew with the Murr of prayers and godly purities, Balsam, to sprinkle it and cease it and sense it that again and forever, it might become the sweet smelling Temple of Christ Jesus, glory to the father, to the son and to the Holy Spirit, my guide in my deliver my protector and Guardian. O Thou, overseer of my loss and desperate soul, when I shall be raised from Earth for judgment by the trumpets dread blast, then I pray thee common being gladsome and Gracious, stand at my side and help me, O, my faithful protector, and take my fear away by the hope of my salvation. Both now endevorent to ages of ages. Amen of all my goods. No need hast thou, who ineffably didst conceive the bestower of all good, the savior of the world, and since I have nothing worthy of thy Mercil full of grace and Thy Boundless Love, and in the superabundance of thine exceeding kindness, freely have mercy on me, for Thou Hast Given Birth to the Fountain of Compassion. Will Holy Angel, my Guardian, interceded in my behalf, while my protector and my help and my spirit shall be forcibly rent from me. Would that I then behold thee standing glad and radiant, serene upon the right hand of my poor and utterly wretched soul and driving far away all my bitter foes who seek to lay hold of me. O, holy angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf, as the Divine Servant of God who performest his divine will thou dost abound in boldness at his Throne, Oh holy angel, for this cause fervently entreat and plead with him for me, that I being saved through thee. May ever seeing the praise of thy great protection and shelter over me. Will hold the angel my Guardian, intercede in my behalf? All of my life have I misspent in much vanity and unfruitful idleness, and I am nigh the end. I pray Thee, oh my guardian and my guide, be Thou my strong defender and invincible champion when I shall have to pass through the grim exactors of this world's wicked Prince. Will Holy Angel, my Guardian, intercede in my behalf? Well, my protector, never cease to turn all the deviations the wanderings, the base, captivity and foundness of my mind, the obscenity of mine, unclean and filthy thoughts to virtue with purposes and unto goodly thoughts and beget in me compunction like fervent fire. Will hold the angel, my Guardian, interceded in my behalf, and thy compassion overcome the unnumbered multitude of mine evils. Oh only be goth and and transcendently good Jesus, through the divine entreaties of THY hollowed, immaterial minister, whom thou, as friend of man, sentest me as Guardian when I was yet a babe. Glory to the father, to the son, into the Holy Spirit. Since, after God most high himself, I have placed all of my hope of salvation in thee, my good guardian, my helper and protector. I pray of thee take all the angel squires as fellow helpers and in advocates and making commonly interceded with God unceasingly for my Sake. Both now endeavorent to ages of ages. A man, thou who hast given birth to God, overthrow the proud barbarians arrogance and lift aloft the Horn of them that cleave to piety, and do thou preserve from tyranny and siege of foes this thy flock, wherein thy great and glorious name is magnified and glorified faithfully. A prayer to the Guardian Angel, Oh the angel attended to my wretched soul and mine afflicted life. Forsake me not a sinner, neither depart from me for minding continency. Give no place to the evil demon to subdue me with the oppression of this mortal body, but take me by my wretched and outstretched hand at lead me in the way of salvation. Yea, Oh holy angel of God, Guardian, a protector of my helpless soul and body, for give me all things wherewith I have troubled the all the days of my life, and if I have sinned in anything this day. Shelter me in this present night and keep me from every affront of the enemy, lest I anger God by any sin, and interceed with the Lord in my behalf, that he might strengthen me in the fear of him and make me a worthy servant of his goodness on men. Through the prayers of our holy fathers. Lord Jesus...

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