LITTLE OFFICE OF THE HOLY ANGELS


AT MATINS

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O Lord, open Thou my lips,
And my tongue shall declare Thy praise.
O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

O Lord, permit us here to raise our voice;
And waft before Thy throne our feeble praise,
And thank Thee for those Angels whom Thy choice
Hath lent our weakness to direct its ways,
And free us from the envious foes that lurk
To spoil the beauty of Thy cherished work.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

AT PRIME

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

For Satan, driven from the happy land
Where once he shone in splendor, ill can brook
The kindly justice of the Almighty hand,
That gives to man the throne that he forsook;
And seeks to drag into his own disgrace
Poor mortals thus designed to fill his place.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing unto Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

AT TIERCE

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Bright Spirit! whom a God supremely wise
Hath given to be the Guardian of this land,
Come, arm'd with all thy power from the skies,
And bear its children harmless in thy hand--
Safe from all evil that defiles the soul,
Safe from disunion's withering control.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

AT SEXT

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

O Jesus! glory of the angelic Choirs,
Light of their brightness, sweetness of their bliss;
Thou Who didst leave a world where nothing tires,
To taste the pains and miseries of this;
Be these same pains, endured to set us free,
The germ of endless happiness with Thee.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

AT NONE

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Angel of peace! come, Michael, to our aid,
Thou who didst once chase discord from the sky;
Come, calm those boisterous passions that have made
Such havoc here as they have made on high;
Drive strife and rancor to their kindred gloom,
To Hell, their fitting, their eternal tomb.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

AT VESPERS

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Spirit of might! O Gabriel, display
Thy matchless power against our ancient foes;
Visit those sacred temples where we pray--
'Twas at thy potent word those temples rose;
Whose worship raised these shrines throughout the earth;
Thou wert the herald of His future birth.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

AT COMPLINE

Antiphon: God hath given His Angels charge of thee, that they keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

V. Convert us, O God, our Saviour.
R. And avert Thine anger from us.

O God, incline unto my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

And Raphael! of the glorious seven who stand
Before the throne of Him Who lives and reigns;
Angel of health! the Lord hath filled thy hand
With balm from Heaven to soothe or cure our pains,
Heal or console the victim of disease,
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

Antiphon: O holy Angels, our Guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In sight of Thy Angels I will sing to Thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.

PRAYER

O God, Who, with unspeakable providence, hast vouchsafed to appoint Thy holy Angels to be our Guardians grant to Thy humble suppliants to be always defended by their protection, and to enjoy their everlasting society through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

COMMENDATION

O holy Guardian! at thy feet
This wreath of humble flowers I lay;
O that their odor were as sweet
As he desires, who sings the lay,
Protect me at death's awful hour,
Receive my soul to thy embrace,
Rich with the wonders of thy power,
To thank, to praise thee, face to face.

Amen.

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