Litany of the Holy Guardian Angel

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The Litany of the Holy Guardian Angel is a litany meant for private recitation, which means you can pray it in your own home.

It serves to remind us that each of us is assigned a guardian angel, at the moment of our birth, who accompanies us every day, and watches over us.

This guardian angel also helps to steer us on the right path, so that one day we can meet our Lord, face-to-face.

The Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566 AD) speaks about our guardian angels:


By Godā€™s providence Angels have been entrusted with the office of guarding the human race and of accompanying every human being in order to preserve him from serious dangers ā€¦ our heavenly Father has placed over each of us an Angel under whose protection and vigilance we may be enabled to escape the snares secretly prepared by our enemy, repel the dreadful attacks he makes on us, and under his guiding hand keep to the right road, and thus be secure against false steps which the wiles of the evil one might cause us to make in order to draw us aside from the path that leads to heaven. (Sacred Scripture shows) the benefits bestowed by God on man through the ministry and intervention of Angels, whom He deputes not only on particular and private occasions, but also appoints to take care of us from our very births. He furthermore appoints them to watch over the salvation of each one of the human race.

Catechism of the Council of Trent

The Catechism of the Catholic Church also refers to guardian angels.

“In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. She invokes their assistance (in the funeral liturgy’s In Paradisum deducant te angeli. . .[“May the angels lead you into Paradise. . .”]). Moreover, in the “Cherubic Hymn” of the Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the guardian angels).”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 335.

We hope you enjoy praying the Litany of the Holy Guardian Angel.


The Litany of the Holy Guardian Angel

(For private recitation)

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Angels,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who art my guardian,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, whom I revere as my superior,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost give me charitable counsel,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost give me wise direction,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost take the place of a tutor,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost love me tenderly,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who art my consoler,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who art attached to me as a good brother,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost instruct me in the duties
and truth of salvation,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who art to me a charitable shepherd,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven who art witness of all my actions,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost help me in all my undertakings,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost continually watch over me,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost intercede for me,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost carry me in thy hand,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost direct me in all my ways,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost defend me with zeal,
pray for me.
Angel of heaven, who dost conduct me with wisdom,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost guard me from all danger,
pray for me.
Angel of Heaven, who dost dissipate the darkness and
enlighten the mind,
pray for me.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
Pray for us, O Guardian Angel,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray.

Almighty and eternal God, Who by an effect of Thine ineffable bounty hast given to each of the faithful an angel to be the guardian of body and soul, grant that I may have for him whom Thou hast given me in Thy mercy so much respect and love, that, protected by the gifts of Thy graces and by his help, I may merit to go to Thee in Heaven, there to contemplate Thee with him and the other happy spirits in the brightness of Thy glory.

Amen.


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3 Comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful prayer this isvthe first time I have see this litany and I am 76years a Catholic

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