“Behold, I will send my Angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared.”–Exodus, 23: 30.
The feast of the Guardian Angels was formerly associated with that of the Archangel Michael. In the sixteenth century the feast of the holy Guardian Angels was separated from that of St. Michael, and a proper day appointed for its celebration. Pope Paul V. confirmed this separate celebration in the year 1608, and Clement IX. ordained that the feast of the Guardian Angels, with an Octave, should be annually celebrated on the second day of October.The words which the Lord spoke to the people of Israel apply to the holy Guardian Angel: When the Israelites journeyed through the desert, God placed them under the special protection of an Angel. The holy Guardian Angels do the same for us; they accompany us on our journey, guard and protect us, and lead us into heaven if we allow ourselves to be led by them. Of this comforting and encouraging truth, the protection of the Guardian Angels, I shall speak to you today. I say: the Angels guard us.