The Angels are pure spirit endowed with a natural intelligence, will power, and beauty far surpassing the nature, faculties, and powers of humans. They offer continuous praise to God and serve Him as messengers and ministries, and as guardians of people on earth. They are divided into three hierarchies: Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones; Dominations, Principalities, and Powers; Archangels, and Angels.
Those blessed spirits who are appointed by God be protectors and defenders of people are called Guardian Angels. Faith teaches us that each individual has a Guardian Angel who watches over that person during the whole course of life on earth. It is also a generally accepted teaching that communities, the Church, dioceses, and nations also have their tutelary Angels.
The Guardian Angels defend those of whom they have charge against the assaults of the demons, endeavoring to persevere them from all evils of soul or body, particularly from sin and the occasions of sin. They strive to keep us in the right path: if we fall they help us to rise again, encourage us to become more and more virtuous, suggest good thoughts and holy desires, offer our prayers and good actions to God, and, above all, assist us at the hour of death.
PRAYER: God, in Your Providence, You saw fit to send Your Angels to watch over us. Grant that we may always be under their protection and one day enjoy their company in heaven. Amen.