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THE WORLD OF THE ANGELS
The heavenly host and our modern life
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Synaxis Of The Holy Archangel Michael
Guardian angel.
Guardian Angel

The day on which the holy Church glorifies the Archangel Michael and the bodiless host is close to every believing Christian soul, for on this day we also glorify our celestial friend and protector – the Guardian Angel.

 The Scriptures themselves bear witness to the Guardian Angels. The Guardian Angel is a friend who never betrays a person, who is assigned to him from the day of baptism to the day of burial. The Guardian Angel is the only friend on whom a Christian can rely in his life, for everything that surrounds us here on earth is vapor, dust, and ashes – ever-changing impermanence.

 In the awesome hour of death the Guardian Angel is our last helper, a faithful witness to all the good we had done on earth, to all that makes us worthy of our humanity. Guardian angel 

But we are too remote in our lives from our Angels, just as we are too remote from all that is spiritual and invisible. We believe only in what we can perceive, what can be seen with the eye, touched with the hand. We have little belief and are weak in faith.

 One of the goals of our spiritual life is to find the way to our Guardian Angel. This way can be found not through imagination and fantasy, which – alas! – often spoil our spiritual life, but through a continuous endeavor to purify our hearts. Only the pure in heart will see God, only the pure in heart are granted spiritual vision. And the true path to our heavenly helper and friend is the path of purifying the heart and combating sin.

 O truly, according to the Apostle, sins are an impediment to us… How varied are the bitter fruits eaten by those who taste of sin. And if it were not for the power of Christ, what would a man do, who has become completely entrapped in evil deeds?

 But man is saved by the grace of God and the help of the Guardian Angel. For if a man wishes with all his heart and does everything he possibly can to combat sin, the Lord will always stretch out His mighty hand to him and will deliver him from perdition, while the Guardian Angel will always be his constant helper and protector.

Hieromonk Methody, “Before the eyes of God’s truth”)

(Reprinted from “Orthodox Russia, No. 22, 2007)

 

 

Each one of us carries a burden of sins, errors, sorrows, misfortunes; and yet, we should not be subjected to all of this, since each one of us has his own guardian angel. Why, then, does such a situation exist? The angels, of course, would never allow it, were it not our own fault. And if they allow it, it is either because we make ourselves inaccessible to angelic guidance, or because by our contrariness we destroy and repel all the angels efforts to assist us in doing good.

First of all, we must always remember that we have a guardian angel, and we should turn to him with our mind and heart both in the normal course of our life, and especially when our life is troubled by something. If we do not turn to him, the angel has no way of helping us. When someone walks with stopped up ears and closed eyes towards a bog or an abyss what can you do for such a person and how can you help him? You could shout but his ears are stopped up; you could make a sign to warn him of impending danger but his eyes are closed. You may say: let the angel take him by the hand and stop him, or lead him out onto the right path. Well, he is probably quite ready to do just that, and he looks for your hand, in order to take it and lead you out, but do you have such a hand? He will not be taking you by your physical hand although that, too, can happen in special cases, but by your spiritual hand, because he himself is a spirit. The spiritual hand is an active force, directed towards salvation and zealously attending to it. When you have such zeal in your soul, then the Lords angel will certainly take you by this hand and lead you; otherwise what is there for him to hold onto?

The Guardian Angel
The Guardian Angel

And again you may say: let him arouse within me the desire for salvation himself. But you see, those who have such a desire he will encourage and fortify; those who do not he tries to encourage in all possible ways, but for the most part does so unsuccessfully, due to the great confusion prevailing in an indolent soul. Within such a soul everything is in disarray: thoughts, feelings, intentions; there is disorderly noise as though in a marketplace. To the same extent that we are subject to this lack of peace and self-discipline, it impedes the angels influence upon us. How can the angel urge us towards good, when he does not have our attention? How can the soul hear such an urging, when it is full of noise and confusion? It is for this reason that our guardian angels efforts remain fruitless.

Thus, if you wish to make use of angelic guidance and assistance, tame your internal disorder, gather your attention within yourself, and stand at the gates of your heart. The Lords angel will notice it immediately, will come up to you and will begin to instill thoughts of and a desire for salvation within you. Accede to this urging and embark upon spiritual labors and then not only will the guardian angel take you by the hand, but he will take you up into his arms, and not only will he lead you, but he will carry you along the path to salvation. At the same time, you must respond by keeping your mind and heart inclined toward him, by retaining your zeal and remaining attentive. The angel will teach you everything: what to do, when and how, and what not to do; and whenever necessary, he will even provide external signs for your guidance.

Saint Theophanus the Recluse


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