The latest podcast episode is up, focusing on how angels really are. While the average American may believe that dead people become angels (after they do some good deeds, triggering a bell to ring and wings to grow), we Orthodox have a clear understanding that they’re not human at all.
In the course of the episode, I recommended an excellent book: Joel J. Miller’s Lifted by Angels: the presence and power of our heavenly guides and guardians.
I also promised a prayer to our guardian angel; this would be good to memorize, and to give to our children.
Prayer to Your Guardian Angel
O Angel of Christ, holy guardian and protector of my soul and body, forgive me of everything I have done to offend you every day, and protect me from all influence and temptation of the evil one. May I never offend God by my sin. Pray for me to the Lord, that He may make me worthy of the grace of the All-holy Trinity, and of the Most Blessed Theotokos, and of all the Saints. Amen.
And, finally, if you haven’t seen it, here’s Fr. Stephen Freeman’s son’s prayer to the Archangel Michael. He wrote a whole post in 2007 about praying to our guardian angels, and it featured a 4 year old’s prayer which I unfortunately cannot read aloud without falling to the floor laughing:
Dear St. Michael, guard my room.
Don’t let anything eat me or kill me.
Kill it with your sword. Kill it with your sword. Amen.