Novena Prayer to One’s Guardian Angel
[A novena is made by saying a prayer for nine days in succession.]
O HOLY ANGEL, whom God, by the effect of His goodness and His tender regard for my welfare, has charged with the care of my conduct, and who assists me in all my wants and comforts me in all my afflictions, who supports me when I am discouraged and continually obtains for me new favors, I return thee profound thanks, and I earnestly beseech thee, O most amiable protector, to continue thy charitable care and defense of me against the malignant attacks of all my enemies. Keep me away from all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of listening attentively to thy holy inspirations and of faithfully putting them into practice. In particular, I implore thee to obtain for me the favor which I ask for by this novena. [Here mention your petition.] Protect me in all the temptations and trials of this life, but more especially at the hour of my death, and do not leave me until thou hast conducted me into the presence of my Creator in the mansions of everlasting happiness. Amen.
A DEVOUT EXERCISE
The faithful who devoutly recite some prayers in honor of their Guardian Angel at any season of the year, with the intention of persevering therein for nine consecutive days, may gain:
An indulgence of 5 years once, on any day;
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the novena
(Pius IX, Audience Jan. 3, 1849; S.C. of Bishops and Religious, Jan. 28, 1850;
S.C. In., Nov. 26, 1876; S. P. Ap., Jan. 9, 1931).
– Raccolta, ©1957.