Guardian Angels

Does the Catholic Church believe in guardian angels? If so, what do they believe about them?

The Catholic Church DOES believe in Guardian Angels.

newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

Among other things, they protect us physically and spiritually, as well as I’ve heard visit us in Purgatory, and plea for pardon to get us into Heaven. I don’t think there is a particular Church teaching about them, so I believe one is free to believe in them or not. I THINK…notice think…that what they do is pretty much speculation, talk by theologians etc. Check the link out though.

St. Padre Pio could see his and others’ Guardian Angels and would often send his to deliver messages.

Yes, the Catholic Church teaches that we have guardian angels.
We have the words of Jesus:
Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father, who is in heaven.”

The late Fr. John Hardon, S.J., put out a series of tapes on angels and demons. I found it very informative. I believe it was published by St. Joseph Communications.

CCC

**The angels in the life of the Church **

334 In the meantime, the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels. 201

335 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). 336 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. 202 “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” 203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Archives

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Does everyone have their own individual guardian angel? My Mom used to say that Melissa, my sister who is older than me who died just before I was born is my guardian angel.

[quote=Holly3278]Does everyone have their own individual guardian angel? My Mom used to say that Melissa, my sister who is older than me who died just before I was born is my guardian angel.
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Every person has their own guardian angel. If your older sister died and is in heaven she would be a saint which is different from an angel.

God Bless,
matthew

Guardian angels pray for us, and are messengers from God to us.

Angel of God my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule and guide.

Amen.

Baltimore Catechism lesson on angels.

ourladyswarriors.org/faith/bc3-04.htm

There are 9 Choirs of Angels
catholic.org/saints/anglchoi.php

Seraphim
These are the highest order or choir of angels. They are the angels who are attendants or guardians before God’s throne. They praise God, calling, “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts”. the only Bible reference is Isaiah 6:1-7. One of them touched Isaiah’s lips with a live coal from the altar, cleansing him from sin. Seraphim have six wings, two cover their faces, two cover their feet, and two are for flying.

Cherubim
Cherubim rank after the seraphim and are the second highest in the nine hierarchies or choirs of angels. The Old Testament does not reveal any evidence that the Jews considered them as intercessors or helpers of God. They were closely linked in God’s glory. They are manlike in appearance and double-winged and were guardians of God’s glory. They symbolized then, God’s power and mobility. In the New Testament, they are alluded to as celestial attendants in the Apocalypse (Rv 4-6). Catholic tradition describes them as angels who have an intimate knowledge of God and continually praise Him.

Thrones
Thrones are the Angels of pure Humility, Peace and Submisssion. They reside in the area of the cosmos where material form begins to take shape. The lower Choir of Angels need the Thrones to access God.
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Dominions
Dominions are Angels of Leadership. They regulate the duties of the angels, making known the commands of God.

Virtues
Virtues are known as the Spirits of Motion and control the elements. They are sometimes referred to as “the shining ones.” They govern all nature. They have control over seasons, stars, moon; even the sun is subject to their command. They are also in charge of miracles and provide courage, grace, and valor.

Powers
Powers are Warrior Angels against evil defending the cosmos and humans. They are known as potentates. They fight against evil spirits who attempt to wreak chaos through human beings. The chief is said to be either Samael or Camael, both angels of darkness.

Archangels
Archangels are generally taken to mean “chief or leading angel” ( Jude 9; 1 Thes 4:16), they are the most frequently mentioned throughout the Bible. They may be of this or other hierarchies as St. Michael Archangel, who is a princely Seraph. The Archangels have a unique role as God’s messenger to the people at critical times in history and salvation (Tb 12:6, 15; Jn 5:4; Rv 12:7-9) as in The Annunciation and Apocalypse. A feast day celebrating the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is celebrated throughout the Church Sep 29. A special part of the Byzantine Liturgy invokes the “Cherubic Hymn” which celebrates these archangels and the guardian angels particularly. Of special significance is St. Michael as he has been invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles. The Eastern Rite and many others place him over all the angels, as Prince of the Seraphim. He is described as the “chief of princes” and as the leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over Satan and his followers. The angel Gabriel first appeared in the Old Testament in the prophesies of Daniel, he announced the prophecy of 70 weeks (Dn 9:21-27). He appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptist (Lk 1:11). It was also Gabriel which proclaimed the Annunciation of Mary to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour. (Lk 1:26) The angel Raphael first appeared in the book of Tobit (Tobias)Tb 3:25, 5:5-28, 6-12). He announces “I am the Angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the throne of God.” (Tb 12:15)

Principalities
In the New Testament Principalities refers to one type of spiritual (metaphysical) being which are now quite hostile to God and human beings. (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10, 15) Along with the principalities are the powers (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 1 Pt 3:22; 2 Thes 1:7); and cosmological powers (1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; Col 2:15);Dominions (Eph 1:21; Col 1:16) and thrones (Col 1:16). The clarity of the New Testament witness helps see that these beings were created through Christ and for Him (Col 1:16). Given their hostility to God and humans due to sin, Christ’s ultimate rule over them (ibid) expresses the reign of the Lord over all in the cosmos. This is the Lordship of Christ, which reveals God’s tremendous salvation in conquering sin and death at the cross, and now takes place in the Church. (Eph 3:10)

Angels ( Guardian Angels)
These angels are closest to the material world and human begins. They deliver the prayers to God and God’s answers and other messages to humans. Angels have the capacity to access any and all other Angels at any time. They are the most caring and socius to assist those who ask for help.

[quote=Holly3278]Does everyone have their own individual guardian angel? My Mom used to say that Melissa, my sister who is older than me who died just before I was born is my guardian angel.
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That is a nice thought, but angels are not human, they are pure spiritual beings. A human cannot become an angel, and there would be no reason to. Your sister, Melissa may very well be a saint and advocate for you. She can pray for you and with you. God Bless you.

We each have one guardian angel, and many other types of angels around us.

[quote=Peace-bwu]That is a nice thought, but angels are not human, they are pure spiritual beings. A human cannot become an angel, and there would be no reason to. Your sister, Melissa may very well be a saint and advocate for you. She can pray for you and with you. God Bless you.

We each have one guardian angel, and many other types of angels around us.
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Thanks. I didn’t think humans could become angels either.

Does Micheal intervene as a guardian angel is times of need? Or is the Spirit, One through all of His?

I’ve posted this web site before…

www.opusangelorum.org/

Lots of good articles at this site.
Dawn

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