Angels — Resources

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.





Elissa Bjeletich

About Elissa Bjeletich

Elissa Bjeletich hosts three popular Ancient Faith Radio podcasts: Raising Saints, Everyday Orthodox, and together with Kristina Wenger, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts. She is the co-author of Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home and author of Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent, and In God’s Hands: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness. She serves as the Sunday school director at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Elissa lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband, Marko, and their five daughters. You'll find more information on her website:

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