The Holy Guardian Angels
October 2


ENTRANCE ANTIPHON           Cf. Dn 3: 58
Benedicite, omnes Angeli Domini, Dominum, hymnum dicite, et superexaltate eum in saecula.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all for ever.

Deus, qui ineffabili providentia sanctos Angelos tuos ad nostram custodiam mittere dignaris, largire supplicibus tuis et eorum semper protectione defendi, et aeterna societate gaudere.
O God, who in your unfathomable providence
are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us,
hear our supplication as we cry to you,
that we may always be defended by their protection
and rejoice eternally in their company.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever

FIRST READING          Exodus 23:20-23
Thus says the LORD:
"See, I am sending an angel before you,
to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.
Be attentive to him and heed his voice.
Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin.
My authority resides in him.
If you heed his voice and carry out all I tell you,
I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.

"My angel will go before you and bring you to the
Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites,
Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites;
and I will wipe them out."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM          Ps 91:1-2,3-4ab,4c-6,10-11

R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, "My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust."
R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
from the destroying pestilence.
With his pinions he will cover you,
And under his wings you shall take refuge.
R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night
Nor the arrow that flies by day;
Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness
Nor the devastating plague at noon.
R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
That they guard you in all your ways.

Benedicite Domino, omnes virtutes eius, ministri eius, qui facitis voluntatem eius.
Bless the Lord, all you angels
you ministers, who do his will.

GOSPEL          Matthew 18:1-5,10
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
"Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
"Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

Suscipe, Domine, munera, quae pro sanctorum Angelorum tuorum veneratione deferimus, et concede propitius, ut, perpetuis eorum praesidiis, a praesentibus periculis liberemur, et ad vitam feliciter perveniamus aeternam.
Receive, O Lord, the offerings we bring before you
as we venerate your holy Angels,
and graciously grant
that under their constant protection
we may be delivered from present dangers
and brought happily to life eternal.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE          God glorified through the Angels
Vere dignum et iustum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper et ubique gratias agere: Domine, sancte Pater, omnipotens aeterne Deus: Et in Archangelis Angelisque tuis tua praeconia non tacere, quia ad excellentiam tuam recurrit et gloriam quod angelica creatura tibi probabilis honoretur: et, cum illa sit amplo decore dignissima, tu quam sis immensus et super omnia praeferendus ostenderis, per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem multitudo Angelorum tuam celebrat maiestatem, quibus adorantes in exsultatione coniungimur, una cum eis laudis voce clamantes: Sanctus.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
and to praise you without end
in your Archangels and Angels.

For the honor we pay the angelic creatures
in whom you delight
redounds to your own surpassing glory,
and by their great dignity and splendor
you show how infinitely great you are,
to be exalted above all things,
through Christ our Lord.

Through him the multitude of Angels extols your majesty,
and we are united with them in exultant adoration,
as with one voice of praise we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts ...

COMMUNION ANTIPHON          Ps 138 (137): 1
In conspectu Angelorum psallam tibi, Deus meus.
In the presence of the Angels
I will praise you, my God

Quos tantis, Domine, in vitam aeternam dignaris pascere sacramentis, angelico ministerio dirige in viam salutis et pacis.
As you are pleased to nourish us for eternal life
with so great a Sacrament, O Lord,
direct us by the ministry of Angels
into the way of salvation and peace.
Through Christ our Lord.

The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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